Became a Cardinal
Free agent signed to a one-year, $8 million contract on December 4, 2010. Signed a 2012 contract for $12 million in September 2011.
Had his first 30-home run season since 2007 after hitting just 14 in 2010. 145 games played was his highest since 2008. Ranked among NL leaders in home runs (31, tied for ninth), RBI (94, tied for 11th), walks (92, fourth), slugging (.547, fifth) and on-base percentage (.412, third). Batted .423 in the World Series, drove in five and scored a team-high nine times.
National League Comeback Player of the Year: 2011
National League All-Star: 2011 (sixth selection)
National League Player of the Week: April 11-17 and April 25-May 1