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Cards ink DeJong for 6 years

In what’s become something of a spring tradition — though this time with an early-bloom twist — the Cardinals have reached an agreement on a contract extension with one of their young players, giving him security and the team cost-certainty for years to come.

Paul DeJong and the club have agreed to a contract extension that was finalized Monday morning when DeJong passed a physical, two sources have confirmed early Monday morning. The agreement was announced during a press conference shortly before Monday’s game.

The contract, which was first reported Monday morning by the Post-Dispatch, guarantees him $26 million for the next six years, a source confirmed. It’s one of the largest ever for a player with less than a full year of service time. The deal also includes two option years and a total possible value of $51.5 million, confirmed a source. The options are both club options and they are worth $12.5 million for 2023 and $15 million for 2024.

Gamel to miss four weeks

The injuries continue to mount for the Seattle Mariners, who will be without outfielder Ben Gamel for four to six weeks due to a strained right oblique muscle.

The Mariners were hopeful that Gamel would miss only a few days but an MRI revealed a more extensive injury after it was reviewed by team physicians. Gamel first felt the injury after batting practice late last week.

Gamel is added to a growing list of ailments for the Mariners. Seattle has already seen first baseman Ryon Healy (hand), outfielder Mitch Haniger (hand) and pitcher Felix Hernandez (bruised forearm) slowed by injuries during spring training. Outfielder Guillermo Heredia is also still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, leaving Seattle thin at the position.

Gamel hit .275 with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs in 134 games last season for Seattle.

- Wire reports


Sports Reporter

Jason is a journeyman sports reporter who has covered the Golden State Warriors, Oakland A's, along with a heavy emphasis on the Oakland Raiders. He comes to Cowlitz County from Oakland, Calif. and is a loving father.

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