Became a Cardinal
Acquired with cash from Oakland for Brett Wallace, Clayton Mortensen and Shane Peterson on July 24, 2009.
Agreed to terms on a seven-year, $120 million contract on January 5, 2010 with an eighth year option. Largest contract in team history to date.
Despite playing in just 124 games, he led the team with 36 doubles. After a strong first half including a .995 OPS, the cleanup hitter slipped to .815 after the break as minor injuries piled up.
Among National League leaders in batting (5th, .312), RBI (T7th, 103), multi-hit
games (T4th, 52), hits (3rd, 186), total bases (4th, 317), doubles (T2nd, 45), on
base percentage (6th, .390), slugging (7th, .532), extra base hits (6th, 74) and outfield
assists (T9th, 8). Tied Albert Pujols for the team lead in batting at .312. Also led the club with 45 doubles and 12 infield hits.
Provided instant offense after joining St. Louis, batting .357 with 13 home runs and 57 RBI in 63 games. Cardinals team played .600 ball after his arrival.
Darryl Kile Award: 2010
NL Silver Slugger Award: 2010 (plus three times previously)
NL All-Star: 2010, 2011 (plus three times previously)
National League Player of the Week: June 14-20, 2010 (6th career time)