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Craig and other Cardinals long-term contracts

Allen Craig: The next multi-year contract

Allen Craig just agreed to a five-year contract. How have the St. Louis Cardinals approached arbitration-eligible players with long-term deals?

When a standout player approaches his arbitration-eligible years, any club has a decision to make. Should it offer the player a long-term contract or go year-to-year? The St. Louis Cardinals eliminated any question about how they feel about Allen Craig when they announced Friday that they have reached agreement with the first baseman/outfielder on a five-year contract through the 2017 season with...

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