Derrick Goold, co-host of The Writers’ Block and St. Louis Post-Dispatch lead Cardinals beat writer, called into the show to give his thoughts on the Cardinals signing Carlos Martinez to a five-year, $51 million extension.
Read a couple excerpts and listen to the complete segment here:
What stood out to you about Martinez’s extension?
“This is kind of the framework that we’ve talked about on this show. The devil is in the details. Things (like options and an escalating salary) were all kinds of things that had to be negotiated around that number we kind of knew it would arrive at. I’m not surprised that it got done. I thought it would either get done earlier or we’d be having this conversation in March. For it to happen on the eve of an arbitration hearing, it avoids unneeded anxiety.”
Where’s the risk in this contract for the Cardinals?
“I’m not sure there is one other than he’s a pitcher…and injuries happen. It’s rare for a pitcher to go the life of a contract without missing…an aggregate year. He’s a young pitcher. Cardinals will have insurance on this deal for sure. No doubt part of the salary and why they have it structured the way they do…is to protect them because you kind of have to assume there will be an injury. The risk is minimal.”