The Cardinals have agreed to a six-year, $33.5 million extension with outfielder Stephen Piscotty, according to FanRag’s Jon Heyman and FOX’s Ken Rosenthal. The deal includes a $15 million option (or $1 million buyout) for a seventh season.
Piscotty breakdown: $2M signing bonus, salaries of $1M, $1M, $7M, $7M, $7.25M, $7.25M, $15M option or $1M buyout.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 3, 2017
Piscotty, 26, was under team control through 2021 already, so the new deal adds two extra years of control while covering all three arbitration years. The option means St. Louis will have control through the 2023 season, when Piscotty is 32.
Piscotty is the second Cardinal to be locked up this week, joining catcher Yadier Molina, who signed a three-year, $60 million deal. The team also signed starter Carlos Martinez to a five-year, $51 million deal with two options earlier in the winter.
Piscotty is entering his second full season with St. Louis, owning a .282/.348/.467 line with 29 homers and 124 RBI over 216 career games since breaking into the majors in 2015. He is the latest Cardinal to receive a long-term deal, joining Molina (through 2020), Dexter Fowler (through 2021), Mike Leake (through 2021), Matt Carpenter (through 2020), Brett Cecil (through 2020), Jedd Gyorko (through 2020), Carlos Martinez (through 2023) and Kolten Wong (through 2021).