The St. Louis Cardinals have extended first baseman Allen Craig to a 5-year extension with a club option for 2018–Craig would have been arbitration eligible in 2014. Craig came into his own last season hitting .307 with 22 home runs in only 119 games. The 28-year-old Craig split time between first base and the outfield last season but it appears first base is where he will remain for the Cardinals.
Craig was selected in the 8th round by the Cardinals in the 2006 amateur draft, 256th overall. He is entering his fourth season with the big club, never playing more than 75 games until last season. The Cardinals had used Craig predominately as a platoon player until his breakout season in 2012.
Craig boasts a .995 career fielding percentage having only made five errors in 1007 career chances. With Craig permanently instilled at first base it allows the Cardinals to have Carlos Beltran, Matt Holiday and Jon Jay roaming the outfield. Craig was also a member of the 2011 World Series team that defeated the Texas Rangers in seven games.
The deal is a solid signing for the Cardinals who look to get back on their World Series winning track after their game seven loss at the hands of the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series last season.
No terms of the deal have been announced but one can assume Craig won’t have to stress about who is picking up the next meal tab for years to come.
Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCorner.