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Cardinals in Agreement With Longtime Giant

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According to Katie Woo of the Athletic, shortstop Brandon Crawford is being signed by the Cardinals. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle linked the two parties earlier yesterdsy and said that a deal might close swiftly. 

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, it will be a major league contract. The agreement's financial terms are not yet disclosed to the general public; a physical is still awaited.

The San Francisco Giants have been through the highs and lows since the 2011 season. The one constant through it all has been longtime shortstop, Brandon Crawford.

Crawford first made his debut in 2011 and never looked back. Crawford is a 2x World Series champion, 4x Gold Glover, and 3x All-Star. During his 13-year tenure in the Bay, Crawford has slashed .250/.319/.396 with 146 home runs.

The Giants let him go after 2023 where he had a poor season that saw him post a career-worst batting average of .194 and hit seven home runs in 93 games. He helped lead the Giants to the NL West two years prior and was fourth in the National League MVP vote.

When Crawford played with the Giants, he faced the Cardinals in two postseason series. In 2012 and 2014, Crawford's hometown team defeated his new team in the National League Championship Series.

Masyn Winn, a rookie shortstop, will start the season as Crawford's backup, per The veteran is heading into his age 37 season with the clock ticking. His career may come to an end sooner rather than later.


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