It's not as graceful as a dive, but it's an out just the same.
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Allen Craig is still driving in runs from the middle of the St. Louis Cardinals' order, but he's doing it with a lot less dingers.
Paul Goldschmidt was never exactly going to be on the first train out of Arizona. But he is now locked up, with his cost controlled, forever. Or perhaps it just seems that way...
The Diamondbacks seem keen to get young first-baseman Paul Goldschmidt locked in to a contract extension, but there appears to be less enthusiasm for such a deal from the player's side at this point.
By allowing Albert Pujols to leave town and extending Allen Craig, the Cardinals appear to have avoided the payroll sinkhole so often found at first base.
The St. Louis Cardinals locked Allen Craig up for up to six years on Friday, including two very valuable years of free agency.
Long-term deals are diluting the free agent market and creating problems for teams that rely upon it.
Allen Craig, arguably the best hitter in baseball to own a pet turtle that quotes 19th century poets on Twitter, will be a Cardinal for the next five years after signing a long-term contract that takes him through 2017, with a club option for 2018.