Paul Goldschmidt and the St. Louis Cardinals are finalizing a five-year extension of $ 130 million, a source familiar with ESPN's confirmed deal on Thursday by Jeff Passan.
The deal will be held by Goldschmidt, who will earn $ 15.5 million this season in the final year of his last deal with the Cardinals in the 2024 season.
Goldschmidt, who was already third or third in the NL MVP poll three times, was next winter's free agent.
The deal was first reported by The Athletic.
The Cardinals acquired the 31-year-old thug in a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks on December 8 against right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly and infielder Andy Young.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Goldschmidt would become the highest paid player in the history of Cardinals by expanding and thus outperforming Matt Holliday's seven-year $ 1
Goldschmidt, an all-star of the last six seasons, had an average of 0,290 strokes with 33 home runs, 83 RBIs, 35 doubles and 90 walks last season. His .922 OPS finished third in the National League and his .934 OPS since 2012 is the second highest in the Netherlands behind Cincinnati's Joey Votto.
Goldschmidt, who has won four Silver Slugger Awards and three Gold Gloves in his eight seasons. With the Diamondbacks he has had four seasons with at least 33 home runs and a total of 209. He also has an average of 297 career moves with 710 RBIs.