Craig will be a Cardinal until age 32 and Cardinals have an additional option year. Very reasonable contract.
The Cardinals did something they rarely do when they reached agreement today with first baseman Allen Craig, who was not yet arbitration eligible, on a five-year contract taking him through 2017 with a club option for 2018.
Craig is guaranteed to earn $31 million over the course of the contract.
He will make $1.75 million this year, $2.75 million in 2014, $5.5 million in 2015, $9 million in 2016 and $11 million in 2017.
The Cardinals have a $13 million option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout.