Paul Goldschmidt and John Mozeliak at the Cardinals press conference.

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Hummel: This Year's Free Agency Woes Bode Well for Cards Extension Talks With Goldy

Rick Hummel of the Post-Dispatch believes the Cards new slugger wants nothing to do with what's happened this winter

January 28, 2019 - 12:41 pm

The longer this offseason of free agency stalemates last, better the chances are for the St. Louis Cardinals resigning Paul Goldschimdt to a long-term extension, says long-time Cards beat writer Rick Hummel.

The 40-plus year baseball writer joined KMOX's Sports on a Sunday Morning with Mike Kelly to talk about the recent Hall of Fame voting, Cards Winter Warm-Up and more of the biggest story lines across baseball. One being this year's free agent market, with Bryce Harper and Manny Machado among the dozens of talented players still waiting to learn where they'll be playing in 2019. 

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That's a situation Goldschmidt could find himself in next year as he enters the final year of his current contract. And Hummel believes the Cards new slugger wants nothing to do with what's happened this winter.

"Goldschmidt I think will look at this and say, if the Cardinals make me a four or five year deal that I like a bunch by the end of the season then I'm going to take it. I don't want to be Harper or Machado," Hummel says.

No one is even talking about these guys any more, at least it's certainly not to the degree it was in November and early December. So does a guy who loves to stay out of headlines, especially ones that don't concern his team's on-field performance, want to be the next free agent prize? Probably not.

And the Cardinals will be just as willing to avoid an offseason like the Washington Nationals are going through, trying to possibly resign its face of the franchise. 

As far as the Machado/Harper sweepstakes this year, Hummel believes Machado would be the better investment since he's able to play a few different positions and will likely come at a bit cheaper price. Although some of the reasons he is going to be cheaper are because of comments about hustling and on-field antics.

Kelly's conversation with Hummel begins at the 24:00 mark, below: