Cardinals Agree to Extension with Stephen Piscotty

Cardinals Agree to Extension with 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. So, the Cards buy out all three arb years, plus one and potentially two free agent seasons.

After locking up catcher Yadier Molina over the weekend, St. Louis and outfielder Stephen Piscotty have agreed to a deal, multiple media outlets reported.

The contract also follows St. Louis' signing of star pitcher Carlos Martinez to a $51 million, five-year deal in February - ending a brief, but hectic period of negotiating with homegrown talent for a Cardinals team intent remaining relevant as a mid-market team in an NL Central now ruled by the World Series champion Chicago Cubs.

With former Chicago Cubs' leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler now slated in center field with Randal Grichuk manning left field, the 26-year-old Piscotty has emerged as the club's everyday right fielder. According to Jon Heyman, the deal will be worth $33 million, and Joel Sherman adds that it will be six-year deal starting with the current season and including an option for a seventh year.

"Stephen has certainly lived up to his billing as a first-round draft choice with a promising future", Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt said. He was 1-for-3 in the Cardinals' season-opening win over the Cubs on Sunday.

"I want to get to a point where I can just start playing chess with the pitcher", Piscotty said, per.

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