With his demands significantly less in terms of years and cash than what he asked as a free agent two years ago, former Cardinals infielder David Eckstein has signed an extension with the Padres.
According to reprts out of San Diego, it's a one-year deal for $1 million. That's a nice raise over the $850,000 he made to play second base for the Padres this year. But it's painfully less than he made when he got $4.5 million in 2008 to play for the Padres and $10 million over the three years before that with St. Louis.
David Eckstein tags Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker during the Cardinals Friday loss to the Padres. AP photo.
Eckstein reportedly wanted a three year contract for $21 million with the Cardinals when his old deal expired after the 2007 season. He recently publicly complained about how St. Louis GM John Mozeliak handled the negotiations. Mozeliak said after Eckstein left for Toronto that he would have been interested in bringing the 2006 World Series MVP back at a price similar to what Toronto paid for his services last year.
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