Piscotty agrees to $33.5 million, 6-year deal with Cardinals

  • Piscotty agrees to $33.5 million, 6-year deal with Cardinals

Piscotty agrees to $33.5 million, 6-year deal with Cardinals

St. Louis gave another of its young players a long-term contract, agreeing to a $33.5 million, six-year deal with right fielder Stephen Piscotty. Projections have Piscotty pegged for a similar season in 2017, and he spoke openly in the spring about making adjustments to his swing.

Piscotty has only one year of service time, so an extension is preemptive, and would include all of his remaining control years - through 2022. "To be able to lock up our younger and talented players does mean a lot to our future".

The deal comes one day after the Cardinals announced a three-year, $60 million contract with catcher Yadier Molina.

Coming into this season, the right fielder had one year and 76 days of Major League Baseball service, so would not have been eligible for arbitration until 2019, and free agency would have followed in 2022.

He made his debut for St. Louis in 2015 and finished sixth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting after hitting.305 in 63 games. His sophomore campaign included a.273 clip with 22 home runs and 85 RBI in 153 games for the Cardinals.

"I want to get to a point where I can just start playing chess with the pitcher", Piscotty said, per. He was 1-for-3 in the Cardinals' season-opening win over the Cubs on Sunday. They signed centre fielder Dexter Fowler away from the Cubs with an $82.5 million, five-year contract and agreed to a $30.5 million, four-year deal with left-handed reliever Brett Cecil.