Stephen Piscotty has a new deal with the Cardinals
After already locking up catcher Yadier Molina with a three-year, $60 million extension and ace Carlos Martinez with a five-year, $51 million extension this offseason, the Cardinals continue to ensure that their core will remain in St. Louis for the future, agreeing to a six-year, $33 million extension with outfielder Stephen Piscotty, with a team potion for a seventh season. Piscotty, 26, is not arbitration eligible until after the 2018 season; the extension will buy out all three of Piscotty’s arbitration seasons, as well as up to two years of free agency if the Cardinals exercise their team option. The contract breakdown is as follows; a $2 million signing bonus, $1 million in 2017-2018, $7 million in 2019-2020, $7.25 million in 2021-2022, and a $15 million team option or $1 million buyout in 2023, which could bring the total value of the contract to $48 million. In total, the contract can take Piscotty though the 2023 season in St. Louis, when he will be 32 years old. The extension will begin this season, giving Piscotty a significant raise from his originally slated 2017 salary of $560,400.
The 36th pick in the 2012 MLB Draft out of Stanford, Piscotty made his debut in the 2015 season, hitting .305/.359/.853 in 63 games. In his first full season in 2016, Piscotty hit 22 HR with 85 RBI and 35 doubles, finishing the season with averages of .273/.343/.800. Having played all three outfield positions as well as first base in his time with the Cardinals, the Cardinals valued Piscotty for his defensive versatility, and most envision him as the three or four hitter in the Cardinal line up for the foreseeable future. With Dexter Fowler in center field and Randal Grichuck in right, it is likely that Piscotty will settle in as the Cardinals right fielder going forward.
Piscotty joins the likes of Kolten Wong and Matt Carpenter as Cardinals to receive extensions prior to reaching arbitration. Additionally, he is one of many Cardinals to be currently singed to a long-term deal, joining Yadier Molina (signed through 2020) Dexter Fowler (signed through 2021) Mike Leake (signed through 2021) Matt Carpenter (signed through 2020) Jedd Gyorko (signed through 2020) Carlos Martinez (signed through 2023) and Kolten Wong (signed through 2021). Given Piscotty’s success in his limited amount of big league experience, this extension could be yet another bargain for the Cardinals, who have wrapped up yet another young, homegrown talent, and proven why they are considered by many to be the best run franchise in baseball.