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Heyman | Cardinals agree to extend Paul DeJong

Jon Heyman

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Mar 4, 2018; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong (12) throws out a Houston Astros base runner at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
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The St. Louis Cardinals have reached an agreement on a contract extension with shortstop Paul DeJong, FanRag Sports has confirmed. As a result of such a deal, DeJong will earn $26 million over the course of six seasons, a source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports.

Derrick Goold of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch was the first to report that a deal was close on Monday morning.

DeJong is coming off a spectacular rookie campaign in which he slashed .285/.325/.532 with 25 home runs, 26 doubles and 65 RBIs over 443 plate appearances en route to finishing second in National League Rookie of the Year voting. The 24-year-old, who played his collegiate baseball at Illinois State, was originally selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 38th round of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft. However, he failed to sign, and the following year, he was selected by the Cardinals in the fourth round.

His minor league career got off to an impressive start, as he slashed .316/.394/.516 while hitting nine home runs and driving in 41 runs across 292 trips to the dish at the low Single-A threshold. The following season, DeJong was promoted to Double-A Springfield and slashed .260/.324/.460 with 22 home runs, 29 doubles and 73 RBIs through 552 plate appearances. He then began the 2017 campaign at Triple-A Memphis, appearing in 48 games and slashing .299/.339/.571 with 13 dingers and 34 RBIs over 190 trips to the dish before being promoted to the big leagues.

St. Louis is coming off a season in which the National League Central ball club won 83 regular-season games while missing out on the postseason for the second consecutive year.

Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for FanRag Sports, featuring breaking news, information and his Inside Baseball column, which appears on FanRagSports.com every Thursday. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009 and is a regular contributor to WFAN in New York, where he appears weekly on the Joe and Evan Show and previously appeared on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. He also appears on WSCR in Chicago, WBZ-FM in Boston and the Petros and Money Show on Fox in Los Angeles. Heyman comes to FanRag Sports from CBSSports.com, where he worked for five years and wrote the popular Inside Baseball notes column. Before going to CBS, Heyman worked for five years at Sports Illustrated and SI.com, where he was a senior writer and started an Inside Baseball Column. Heyman worked for 16 years at Newsday in New York, where he was the Yankees beat writer, a baseball columnist and finally a general sports columnist. Heyman started his career at the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, then moved to the Los Angeles Copley Newspapers (Torrance Daily Breeze and Santa Monica Outlook) before going to Newsday. Heyman at one time also served as a national baseball writer for The Sporting News. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, N.M. native grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island.

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