MLB News St. Louis Cardinals: Carlos Martinez agree to 5-year $51M deal extension

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Star pitcher Carlos Martinez has signed a five-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. The deal is reportedly worth $51 million. It’s the biggest in his MLB career so far.

The 25-year-old Martinez stated that he appreciated the chance to get the big contract from St. Louis. But, he has promised that he’d be the same type of player for the team.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for me and my family to be able to do something like this. I’ve secured my future. I’ve secured my family’s future. I’m going to be the same person on the mound. I’m just happy to be here in this position,” Carlos Martinez stated via the team’s official website. “Thinking ahead to the future, my age, I really thought it was an opportunity that I couldn’t let go.”

Carlos Martinez earns big contract from St. Louis Cardinals

Carlos Martinez continued that this chance to earn a big contract was always his dream for his family back in the Dominican Republic. The man from Colinas Del Sur has been with the Cardinals since 2013. He has a 34-21 win-loss record, 3.32 ERA, 466 strikeouts in 492.2 innings pitched for the St. Louis franchise.

John Mozeliak, St. Louis general manager admitted that the Cardinals wanted the star pitcher to be signed for the long-term. The Cardinals GM stated that the team is excited about their future with Carlos Martinez for the next five seasons.

“Carlos has demonstrated that he is ready to take his position among the game’s top pitchers for many years to come. We are pleased to announce that he will be anchoring our starting rotation into the foreseeable future,” Mozeliak added in the team site.

“Carlos felt it was important to get something done now; so did the Cardinals. When you look at the future now, knowing that Carlos Martinez can anchor this rotation for the next five years, that feels and sounds pretty good to me.”

Martinez led the Cardinals with 31 starts last season. He was one of the best starting pitchers in the National League in 2016. He started with relief roles in his first two seasons and spent time in the minor leagues. But, the pitcher had a breakout season in 2015, when he earned an MLB All-Star selection.

Martinez also thanked the fans for his new big contract from the Cardinals, “Want to thank #CardinalsNation for giving the opportunity to stay in STL and win championships. That’s what I’m here for. Let’s do this,” he posted on Twitter.

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