Besides the excitement of batting second as the St. Louis Cardinals open their Grapefruit League schedule today, Jose Martinez will have a little extra pep in his step as the team announced they have signed the outfielder to a new contract.
The two-year deal will keep Martinez under contract through the 2020 season.
“José has been a key contributor to our team since his acquisition in 2016, and we’re pleased to announce this new two-year deal,” stated Cardinals’ President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak via press release. “José has proven to be a key member of our roster and he is someone who brings high energy and passion for our team and its fans.”
The 30-year old Martinez led the Cardinals with a .305 batting average and 163 hits last season. He shared a few weeks ago his joy at not being traded during the off-season.
This new contract will carry Martinez up to his first year of being arbitration eligible, he cannot become a free agent until 2023.
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