Didn’t take Cardinals long to find a star in Paul De Jong
As Evan Longoria said when he signed with the Tampa Bay Rays for nine years one week into his Major League career; you don’t turn down your first fortune.
It looks like Paul DeJong took that advice to heart when he signed a new deal that guarantees the infielder $26 million over six seasons, and includes club options for 2024 and 2025.
“I’m extremely excited to sign a long term contract with the @cardinals,” DeJong said on his Instagram account. “I am fully committed to bringing a championship back to St. Louis. Thank you to all the family, friends and fans that reached out. I’m humbled and grateful for this opportunity to play for the best organization in baseball!”
It didn’t take long for the Cardinals to realize what they have in DeJong. He was the National League Rookie of the Year runner-up after batting .285 with 25 home runs and 65 RBI in 108 games. Just two years ago, he was in Double-A Springfield showing his power for the first time with 22 homers.
This year, DeJong told MLB.com that he wants to hit 30 home runs, which would be the most for a Cardinals shortstop in the franchise’s 127-year history. On top of that, the 24-year-old wants to drive in 100 runs and hit .300.
Basically, he wants to be the next Alex Rodriguez, which doesn’t seem that far away if he accomplishes his goals.
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