The Cardinals offseason has been golden, not just in name only. After acquiring All-Star Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Cards are reportedly close to finalizing an extension for the 31-year-old.
While over 30, Goldschmidt's consistency lends itself to the thought he won't slow down as he ages. Per Ken Rosenthal, the Cardinals feel confident enough in Goldschmidt's bat moving forward to sign him to a 5-year contract extension.
#STLCards close on an extension with 1B Paul Goldschmidt, sources tell The Athletic. Deal will be for at least five years and at least $110M.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 21, 2019
A National League All-Star in each of his previous six seasons, Goldschmidt is a safe bet to continue his meteoric rise into his age-32 season and beyond. Just this past year, the first baseman slashed a respectable .290, his lowest average since 2012, and clobbered 33 home runs in the desert.
Still, with this very extension looming, the Diamondbacks felt inclined to move their star while they ha the chance, sending a perennial MVP candidate to St. Louis. The Cardinals, in response, have filed suit in a popular trend in MLB the past few weeks, and signed Goldschmidt to the contract he so desires, keeping him out of the unfriendly clutches of free agency in the process.
Goldschmidt is in the final year of his deal, valued at $14.5M. https://t.co/pKt0DmqewU— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 21, 2019
While Bryce Harper and Manny Machado were eventually able to find acceptable deals this offseason, the revelation of a tough free agent market has swayed MLB's top talent to sign favorable contracts when they have the chance. Goldschmidt is just the latest to agree to this measure.