Cardinals lock up OF Stephen Piscotty with contract extension

By Marc Lancaster 3 April 2017
Cardinals lock up OF Stephen Piscotty with contract extension

The Cardinals are celebrating the new baseball season by committing all kinds of cash to players old and new.

A day after the heart and soul of the franchise, catcher Yadier Molina, officially received a three-year, $60 million extension, the Cardinals are expected to announce Monday a multi-year deal for outfielder Stephen Piscotty.

The team has set an afternoon news conference at Busch Stadium and numerous outlets report Piscotty's extension is the reason. Piscotty will be guaranteed $33.5 million in the deal, according to FanRag Sports.

The 26-year-old is coming off his first full season in the majors, an impressive campaign that saw him take over as the everyday right fielder for St. Louis while hitting .273/.343/.457 with 22 home runs and 85 RBIs in 153 games.

While Piscotty doesn't have much of a track record, the Cardinals will get cost certainty in locking him into a deal early in his career. The Stanford product, meanwhile, guarantees himself a nice payday two years before he would be eligible for salary arbitration and five years before he could become a free agent.

St. Louis did a similar deal with Allen Craig during spring training in 2013, though he had one more year of MLB service at the time his five-year, $31 million contract was finalized. Of course, the Cardinals also dealt Craig to the Red Sox at the trade deadline the following season, leaving Boston to absorb the big-money years on his contract as injuries have relegated him to an afterthought.

 

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