Paul DeJong

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St. Louis Cardinals Shortstop Age: 28-336d Exp: 4.124 Years Bat/Throw: Right/Right
Drafted: Round 4 (#131 overall), 2015 College: Illinois State Agent(s): (CL Rocks)

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  • Current Contract

    Paul DeJong signed a 6 year / $26,000,000 contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, including a $1,000,000 signing bonus, $26,000,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $4,333,333.

    Contract: 6 yr(s) / $26,000,000
    Signing Bonus $1,000,000
    Average Salary $4,333,333
    Free Agent: 2026 / UFA
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Bonus Luxury Tax Salary Payroll Salary Adjusted Salary Yearly Cash
    2018 Contract details by year 24 $1,000,000 $166,666 $1,166,666 $1,166,666 $2,000,000($2,000,000)
    2019 Contract details by year 25 $1,500,000 $166,666 $1,666,666 $1,666,666 $1,500,000($3,500,000)
    2020 Contract details by year 26 $1,500,000 $166,666 $1,666,666 $722,222 $555,556($4,055,556)
    2021 Contract details by year 27 $4,000,000 $166,666 $4,166,666 $4,166,666 $4,000,000($8,055,556)
    2022 Contract details by year 28 $6,000,000 $166,666 $4,333,333 $6,166,666 $6,166,666 $6,000,000($14,055,556)
    2023 Contract details by year 29 $9,000,000 $166,668 $9,166,668 $9,166,668 $9,000,000($23,055,556)
    2024 Contract details by year 30 $12,500,000 - $12,500,000 $12,500,000 $2,000,000($25,055,556)
    2025 Contract details by year 31 $15,000,000 - $15,000,000 $15,000,000 $1,000,000($26,055,556)
    2026 Free Agent Year 32 UFA  
    Contract Notes:
    • 2024 Club Option includes a $2M buyout
    • 2025 Club Option includes a $1M buyout
    Sources: MLB contract specifics generally collected from Baseball Prospectus & Rotoworld.

    Previous Contracts

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    2017-2017

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $535,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $535,000
    Free Agent: 0 / UFA

    2015-2015Signing Bonus

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $200,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $200,000
    Free Agent: 0 / UFA
  • Estimated Career Earnings

    Year Team Awards Salary Signing Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    2015 Player Cash Earnings - $200,000 - $200,000
    2017 Player Cash Earnings $535,000 - - $535,000
    2018 Player Cash Earnings $1,000,000 $1,000,000 - $2,000,000
    2019 Player Cash Earnings $1,500,000 - - $1,500,000
    2020 Player Cash Earnings $555,556 - - $555,556
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $4,000,000 - - $4,000,000
    2022 Player Cash Earnings $6,000,000 - - $6,000,000
    Est. Earnings
    (6 seasons)
    $13,590,556 $1,200,000 - $14,790,556
    2023 Player Cash Earnings $9,000,000 - - $9,000,000
    2024 Player Cash Earnings $2,000,000 - - $2,000,000
    2025 Player Cash Earnings $1,000,000 - - $1,000,000
    $25,590,556 $1,200,000 - $26,790,556
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    6 seasons Player Cash Earnings $13,590,556 $1,200,000 - $14,790,556
    * denotes deferred payment
  • Transactions

    May 10 2022Optioned to the Minors by St. Louis (STL)
    Mar 5 2018Signed a 6 year $26 million contract extension with St. Louis (STL), including two club options for 2024, 2025
    Jun 25 2015Signed a contract with St. Louis (STL)
    Jun 18 2015Drafted by St. Louis (STL): Round 4 (#131 overall)

  • Injuries

    A look at the injuries for Paul DeJong, and the financial implications.

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    Statistics

    Season Team GP GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB K AVG OBP SLG OPS WAR
    2022 STL 24 23 77 6 10 3 0 1 7 7 3 25 .130 .209 .208 .417 0.17
    2021 STL 113 100 356 44 70 10 1 19 45 35 4 103 .197 .284 .390 .674 1.61
    2020 STL 45 45 152 17 38 6 0 3 25 17 1 50 .250 .322 .349 .671 0.42
    2019 STL 159 156 583 97 136 31 1 30 78 62 9 149 .233 .318 .444 .762 5.29
    2018 STL 115 111 436 68 105 25 1 19 68 36 1 123 .241 .313 .433 .746 2.92
    2017 STL 108 104 417 55 119 26 1 25 65 21 1 124 .285 .325 .532 .857 2.7
    Totals 564 539 2,021 287 478 101 4 97 288 178 19 574 0.237 0.308 0.434 0.743 13.11