JUPITER, Fla. (KMOX) – Barring injury, the Cardinals know who their first baseman will be for the next half-decade.

The team agreed to terms with Allen Craig on Friday to a five-year contract through the 2017 season, with a club option for 2018.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

“We are pleased to have reached agreement with Allen on a new multi-year deal,” stated Cardinals Senior Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak. “He has been a productive middle of the lineup hitter throughout his professional career and we look forward to Allen’s continued contributions.”

The 28-year-old Craig has driven in 150 runs in his 238 games played at the Major League level.

He enjoyed a stellar postseason during the Cardinals 2011 World Championship run, hitting four home runs, including three during the World Series. His three game-winning RBI during the 2011 Series tied an MLB record held by Kiki Cuyler (1925) and Hank Greenberg (1945).

Selected by the Cardinals in the 8th round of the June 2006 draft out of the University of California-Berkeley, Craig has compiled a .300 batting mark with 37 homers and 150 RBI in 238 games since making his big league debut in 2010.


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