All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado will not exercise the opt-out clause in his contract with the Cardinals, keeping him in St. Louis until the end of the 2027 season, The Associated told Saturday. Press someone close to his decision.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity as no official announcement had been made. Athletic were the first to report Arenado’s decision.
Arenado had until five days after the World Series to decide whether to opt out of the remaining five years and $144 million on his contract. He originally signed an eight-year, $260 million pact with the Colorado Rockies in 2019 before being sent to champions NL Central, where he is expected to earn a base salary of $35 million next season.
Cardinals president John Mozeliak said earlier in the week he flew to Southern California to meet with Arenado and was “optimistic” things would work out.
Arenado, 31, a seven-time All-Star, had also heard from longtime ace Adam Wainwright, who announced earlier this week that he would return for one final season in St. Louis.
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who may be Arenado’s biggest competition in the NL MVP race, also peppered him with text messages.
“Goldy and I have been on it and hopefully it works out,” Wainwright said. “I think it’s okay. Nolan wants to be here.
The very idea of withdrawing from such a massive contract seemed remote a year ago. But Arenado hit .293 with 30 home runs and 103 RBI while playing well enough defensively to earn his 10th Gold Glove, and he could have pushed for an even bigger contract had he chosen to test free agency. .
Instead, he will return to a team that loses retirees Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina, but nothing else from the team that was swept by NL champion Philadelphia Phillies in the wildcard round at Busch. Stadium.