On Monday, right fielder Stephen Piscotty agreed to a new six-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, running through 2022 with a 2023 option.
As expected as Yadier Molina’s contract extension was the day before, this one came as a surprise. While the two deals were certainly worked in parallel this spring, Piscotty’s negotiations were unreported until Monday morning.
Coming into this season, the right fielder had one year and 76 days of MLB service, so would not have been eligible for arbitration until 2019, and free agency would have followed in 2022. This deal, for six years and $33.5 million, includes 2017 and runs through 2022, plus an option year in 2023. So, the Cards buy out all three arb years, plus one and potentially two free agent seasons.
Financial details follow.
The Cardinals are wise to lock up their young core players with cost certainty. This contract follows the mold of other hitters receiving pre-arbitration long-term deals, including Allen Craig, Matt Carpenter and most recently, Kolten Wong last spring. Even in the case of a deal gone bad, Craig, the club was able to deal him for value, a package headlined by John Lackey.
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