The 22-year-old right-hander dominated three levels of the minors last year, earning Detroit’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award.
Trade deadline deals that made Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak MLB Executive of the Year in 2011 continue to pay dividends for the franchise.
Veteran was key part of 2011 Cardinals World Series bullpen.
The Marlins deal that was offered late last week is believed to be for 9 years. The Cardinals made a similar offer to Pujols before Spring Training.
Just because the current options are not exercised, it does not mean new deals cannot be restructured.
Mike Napoli hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning against Marc Rzepczynski, and the Texas Rangers rallied from a two-run deficit.
John Rooney and Mike Claiborne were in the clubhouse following the Cardinals 12-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 6 of the NLCS.
The Birds scored nine times in the first 3 innings as the bullpen had another clutch game to win the franchise’s 18th NL Pennant. They host the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday evening.
The slumping Braves, who have dropped 16 of 25, lost to Philadelphia, but the Cardinals weren’t able to take advantage of the opening.
Redbirds led 4-1, then surrendered four unanswered runs to lose in 10th.