Paul Goldschmidt and the St. Louis Cardinals are close on a 5 year, $110 million extension, per Ken Rosenthal on Twitter. Goldschmidt, 31, is in the final year of a 6 year, $44.55 million deal he signed while with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and but for an extension would hit the free agent market this offseason.
The Cardinals acquired Goldschmidt from the Diamondbacks in the offseason in exchange for Luke Weaver, Carson Kelly, Andy Young and a competitive balance draft pick. Goldschmidt has been one of the top first basemen majors since his breakout 2013 campaign, and has a career .297/.398/.532 slash line with 40.3 bWAR.
My initial reaction is that 5 years, $110 million for Goldschmidt is light, but that does cover his age 32-36 seasons, and one can reasonably assume he will slow down during that period. Still, I have to think there are a number of teams that would love to have Paul Goldschmidt from 2020-24 at that price.
UPDATE — New reports indicate that this is a 5 year, $130 million deal, rather than 5 years, $110 million. That would make it a $26 million per year deal, which would seem to be more in line with what Goldschmidt is worth.