Cards sign SS Paul DeJong to 6-year extension

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed shortstop Paul DeJong to a six-year contract extension, the team announced Monday.

The deal is worth $26 million, according to multiple reports.

DeJong, 24, should serve as the Cardinals' everyday shortstop in 2018 after a rookie season in which he hit .285 with 25 home runs and 65 RBIs.

"Any time we make this kind of investment and commitment to a player, we want to do it with the right type of player," Cardinals vice president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said. "We talk a lot about the Cardinal Way and the character that we look at, and Paul exemplifies all of that."

DeJong finished second to the Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger in National League Rookie of the Year voting last season.

The extension locks up DeJong past his arbitration-eligible years, which ran through 2020.

"It's a first-class organization and exactly where I want to be long term," DeJong said. "I think we're all pretty happy about this."

Over the past several years, the Cardinals have reached long-term deals with players just before the start of the regular season, including Stephen Piscotty, Allen Craig, Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch first reported DeJong's extension agreement. FanRag Sports first reported the terms of the deal.

ESPN's Bradford Doolittle contributed to this report.