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Storylines: Cardinals ink Stephen Piscotty to a six year extension

The Cardinals continue to make deals this spring with the latest being a long-term extension with outfielder Stephen Piscotty. That and all the other news and notes from around baseball on Monday...

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- The St. Louis Cardinals continue to lock up their core talent in the early part of spring as they have reached a six-year, $33.5MM extension with outfielder Stephen Piscotty per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.  The deal contains a club option for 2023 worth $15MM and has a buyout worth $1MM.  The young outfielder is the third player the Cardinals have extended in the recent months as they inked right-hander Carlos Martinez to a long-term deal then rewarded long-time catcher Yadier Molina with a contract extension as well.  Piscotty has been able to implant himself as a core member of the outfield for years to come.  He hit .273/.343/.457 with 22 home runs and 87 RBIs in the 2016 season.  He has also shown to be a versatile player as he is capable of playing all three outfield positions but is most likely to be the everyday right fielder for a long time with new Cardinal Dexter Fowler clearly entrenched in center field for five years and Randal Grichuk has made a nice home for himself in left field.  Piscotty can also play a little bit of first if needed but that position appears to be Matt Carpenter’s for the long haul as well. The Cardinals continue to demonstrate their excellence at developing young talent and then locking it up for the long-term.

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- Chicago White Sox southpaw Carlos Rodon is expected to miss the first five to six weeks of the regular season due to bursitis in his left biceps per Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald.  He was already expected to miss some time in the beginning of the season and should miss at least a month of action.

- Milwaukee Brewers righty Junior Guerra is headed to the 10-day DL after suffering a right calf strain while running to first on a bunt attempt in the opener on Monday afternoon per Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. His recovery time is unclear but is reportedly going to need more time than just the minimum of ten days.

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