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Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals reportedly close on contract extension

Paul Goldschmidt

The St Louis Cardinals gave up some assets to acquire Paul Goldschmidt over the offseason and don’t want to lose him anytime soon. That’s why they’ve worked out a deal to sign him long-term.

The Cardinals and Goldschmidt are close to reaching agreement on a contract extension. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal says the deal will be for at least five years. Derrick Goold says the deal will be worth $130 million.

Goldschmidt is making $15.5 million in 2019 and was set to become a free agent. Instead of losing him, the Cardinals are trying to lock him up. A five-year deal would keep him under contract through 2024, which is his age 36 season.

Goldschmidt has been an All-Star for six straight seasons and finished top-6 in the MVP voting in four of those seasons. Despite his high strikeout totals, he still is a career .297 hitter with a .930 OPS. He also has speed for a first baseman and once stole 32 bases in a season.

Goldschmidt has typically batted second in the order for the Cardinals during Spring Training.

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