Yesterday new St. Louis Cardinals acquire Paul Goldschmidt finalized a deal of $130 million to extend his stay to 2024.
After being signed to a one-year deal last December by the St. Louis Cardinals, Goldschmidt decided he wanted to stay and contribute to the rebuilding of one of the best franchises in baseball.
Paul stated, “Everything I heard about St. Louis and the organization is more than great.”
The six-time All-Star is still on his salary from Arizona that gives him $14.5 million on an option year of the contract. Goldschmidt’s deal originally guaranteed him $32.5 million for six years however with the extension that moves up to $46 million for seven seasons. Then tack on a $1 million assignment bonus for being traded to the Lou and you have one very happy Paul Goldschmidt and an even happier Cardinals fan base.
President of baseball operations for the Cardinals, John Mozeliak, was recently quoted stating, “I thought maybe it would be beneficial for him to see St. Louis, be a part of St. Louis and then ultimately visit it then or at the end of the year.”
It looks like he was right and it’s going to do nothing but good things for the franchise and the Cardinal fanbase. Paul Goldschmidt is a three-time Gold Glove winner who hits a career .297. With that, he has accumulated 209 home runs, 710 RBIs, and .532 in slugging. It’s an exciting time in St. Louis after acquiring a player the caliber of Goldschmidt.
As most remember as well, the Cardinals made a very reasonable trade to gain him. Trading pitcher Luke Weaver, minor leaguer Andy Miller, and catcher Carson Kelly.
With Goldschmidt at 31 years old right now, he would be closing in on the end of his career at 37 when his contract expires. President Mozeliak stated, “The unknown in baseball is always when someone hits a cliff. You just don’t know. We felt this was a unique opportunity for us and we just couldn’t let it go by.”
It’s a great time in St. Louis right now with a bright future and a solid player in Paul Goldschmidt that fans can rely on for close to a decade to come.