First baseman/outfielder Allen Craig, coming off a breakout season with the St. Louis Cardinals, agreed Friday to a $31 million, five-year contract that could be worth $43 million over six seasons.
Craig gets $1.75 million this year, $2.75 million in 2014, $5.5 million in 2015, $9 million in 2016 and $11 million in 2017. The Cardinals have a $13 million option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout.
Craig, 28, would have been eligible for salary arbitration next winter and for free agency after the 2016 World Series.
He was sixth in the National League in 2012 with a .307 average and racked up 22 home runs and 92 RBI despite not playing his first game until May 1 following offseason surgery on his right knee.
Craig is a career .300 hitter and became the Cardinals’ primary first baseman last year after Lance Berkman got hurt. Craig also made 30 starts in the outfield.
NO FISH FOR YOU, MEJIA!
New York Mets pitching prospect Jenrry Mejia returned to camp and can resume baseball activities after being diagnosed with a hyperactive thyroid gland.
The 23-year-old flew to New York this week for tests following his spring training physical. He has been advised by doctors not to eat seafood, which is rich in iodine, but he does not have to take medication.
“Everything is doing great. Everything is going well,” said Mejia, who is expected to start the regular season with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League. “They said everything is looking great and I can do every activity, but don’t eat fish.”
“They said (the thyroid) is too quick,” he added, “ but it’s normal right now. They don’t want me to make it faster.”
Former Mariners prospect and Woodinville High School grad Matt Tuiasosopo went 2-for-2 with an RBI double in Detroit’s win over the New York Mets, 3-2. ... Carlos Beltran’s RBI double keyed a three-run first inning in Puerto Rico’s 3-0 victory over Spain at the World Baseball Classic. Other results for Friday: Italy 14, Canada 4; Netherlands 6, Cuba 2; and Japan 4, Taiwan 3 in 10 innings.