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.