JUPITER, Fla. -- The St. Louis Cardinals and Allen Craig, coming off a breakout season, agreed Friday on a five-year contract through 2017 with a club option for 2018.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Craig, a former Cal standout, will receive $31 million in guaranteed money.

Craig has 150 RBIs in 238 career games. The 28-year-old was sixth in the National League with a .307 average and 22 home runs last season and had 92 RBIs despite missing more than a month while rehabbing from offseason knee surgery.

Craig led the major leagues with a .400 average with runners in scoring position and has hit .374 the last two seasons, second in the majors behind the Reds' Joey Votto. Craig also had a big postseason for a championship team in 2011, hitting three homers in the World Series.




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