Cardinals, Paul Goldschmidt agree to five-year, $130 million extension

All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed on a five-year extension that will cover the 2020-24 seasons. The club announced the deal on Saturday. Goldschmidt's extension will be worth approximately $130 million, ESPN's Jeff Passan reportedon Thursday.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch provided more details on the deal:

"Having Paul under contract and serving as a key part of our everyday lineup through 2024 is exciting," Cardinals' owner Bill DeWitt, Jr. said in a statement released by the team. "Throughout his career Paul has demonstrated the traits of both an All-Star player and an admired teammate, and we look forward to having him become part of the great Cardinals tradition for many years."

The Cardinals traded for Goldschmidt in December with just one year remaining on his deal, and locking up Goldschmidt to a long-term deal had been a goal for the Cards. The deal keeps Goldschmidt in an organization that should be able to put a quality lineup around him for the next several years.

Goldschmidt, 31, is, without a doubt, one of the best first basemen in baseball -- and has been throughout his career. Here's the numbers he posted last season:

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Paul Goldschmidt STL • 1B • 46
BA.290
R95
HR33
RBI83
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He's hit .297/.398/.532 (145 OPS+) with 209 home runs and a 40.3 bWAR over his eight seasons in the majors. Goldschmidt has been an All-Star every year since 2013, finished three times in the top three in the MVP balloting, has won four Silver Sluggers and three Gold Gloves, all while playing at least 155 games in five of the last six seasons.

Spring training is always a busy time for contract extensions. In recent weeks Blake SnellNolan ArenadoAlex BregmanMax KeplerAaron NolaJorge PolancoLuis Severino, and others signed multiyear contracts that cover free agent seasons. Even Eloy Jimenez, who has yet to play in the major leagues, has reportedly received a six-year contract extension from the Chicago White Sox.

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