Cardinals lock up OF Stephen Piscotty with contract extension

By Marc Lancaster 3 April 2017 115
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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