The St. Louis Cardinals are at the point in the 2023 season where it is clear that they will be sellers at the trade deadline.
However, one player that was thought to be on the move may in fact be staying in St. Louis a little while longer.
In the absence of Ryan Helsley, Jordan Hicks has taken over as the team’s closer and has performed admirably.
On Tuesday, Katie Woo, who covers the Cardinals for The Athletic, revealed that the team has been in talks with Hicks’ camp on a potential multi-year contract extension.
Woo revealed the news on Twitter.
The #STLCards are exploring a multi-year contract extension with prized right-handed reliever Jordan Hicks, multiple sources tell The Athletic. There is optimism a deal could be done within the next couple of days.
— Katie Woo (@katiejwoo) July 25, 2023
Woo notes that there is optimism a deal could get done in the next couple of days.
Hicks is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, and the Cardinals are looking to capitalize on the value of their impending free agents.
Jordan Montgomery and Jack Flaherty are also set to enter the open market this coming winter, barring an extension.
But it appears that the Cards are looking to keep Hicks around a little bit longer.
The bullpen has been a weak point this season for St. Louis.
After Tuesday night’s loss, the team had recorded 24 blown saves on the season.
Hicks, however, has been a bright spot for the Cardinals this season.
In his 40 appearances this season, he owns a 3.67 ERA and has recorded eight saves.
In his last 15 appearances, he owns an ERA of 2.25.
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