There was good news to end the week for Cardinals fans, with All-Star pitcher Carlos Martinez signing a new five-year contract to stay in St. Louis, with reports suggesting the deal is worth around $51 million. The deal gives Martinez the most lucrative contract for a first-time arbitration-eligible pitcher.

Martinez was always touted for the top, and despite his initial contract with the Boston Red Sox being voided due to discrepancies, the pitcher went on to become a top 100 prospect, as well as one of the Cardinals highest-rated prospects, eventually making his MLB debut in 2013. Having become an All-Star for the first time in 2015, the Cardinals will be hoping that Martinez can help them on their way to a first World Series win since 2011, with offering all the latest news and tips ahead of the new season.

With Martinez due to become a free agent in 2019, this new deal means that the Cardinals can buy out at least two of the Dominican Republic native’s free-agent years. He undoubtedly has a long career at the top of the MLB, with Martinez pacing the Cardinals pitching staff in wins and strikeouts last season, making a career-high 31 starts with 195.1 innings pitched in the process. Having finished second in the National League Central in 2016, Martinez has delivered 30 wins over the last two seasons.

Martinez certainly has the potential to become a centerpiece for the Cardinals rotation over the coming years, with his latest deal having the potential to be extended until 2023. With an average pitch of 95.8 mph, it is clear to see just how valuable Martinez has become, with many, including the guys at backing the Cardinals to make up for their disappointment last time around. A return to the postseason in 2017 would certainly not be a surprise, with manager Mike Matheny looking to win his first major success as a coach.


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