The St. Louis Cardinals got some very bad news on Sunday when it was learned that superstars Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado would be unavailable for the team’s two-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The city of Toronto is currently under a vaccine mandate, and both Goldschmidt and Arenado remain unvaccinated against COVID-19.
As such, both stars are set to lose a significant amount of money on their respective contracts.
On Twitter, USA Today’s top baseball insider Bob Nightengale revealed just how much pay the two Cardinals superstars would be deducted as the team prepares to go two games without them.
St. Louis Cardinals' MVP candidates Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado to miss series in Toronto.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 24, 2022
Cards Stars Deducted Money
These two stars are still making good money on their contracts, but this is a significant amount of money lost as a result of them being unavailable for two games.
It may just be for two games, but this really does hurt the Cardinals, who are already without Harrison Bader, Yadier Molina, and Juan Yepez, especially when you consider that they will have to face not only one of the hottest teams in the American League, but two of the game’s best starters in Jose Berrios and Kevin Gausman.
Goldschmidt will be losing $241,758, while Arenado will be losing $384,416.
That’s a lot of money lost.
In total, that amounts to $626,174 lost by the two stars combined.
The Cardinals have had a ton of injuries on their roster this season and having to go without Goldschmidt and Arenado creates a tall task for them as they head to Toronto.
With Goldschmidt out, it’s probably fair to expect that Albert Pujols will get the bulk of playing time at first base, while the Cards get creative with the rest of their infield to find out who will play third base in place of Arenado.