photo: Paul Goldschmidt (Jasen Vinlove/Imagn)
Any worry that first baseman Paul Goldschmidt would be a one-year and done acquisition by the St. Louis Cardinals has apparently been put to rest before the first baseman ever plays his first home game at Busch Stadium.
The six-time National League All-Star and four-time Gold Glove Award winner, acquired in trade for three players despite just one season remaining before free agency, has reportedly agreed to stay with St. Louis for five years beyond 2019.
The extension is worth $130 million and includes no opt-outs and a full no-trade clause, according to Post-Dispatch reporter Derrick Goold. The deal is expected to be formalized on Saturday in Jupiter, FL, before the club breaks spring training camp the next day.
Seeking a middle of the lineup hitter, the Cardinals traded right-handed starting pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly and second baseman Andy Young to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for the 31-year old Goldschmidt on December 5, 2018.
The contract was formally announced on Saturday, March 23.
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