The St. Louis Cardinals failed to come to a long-term agreement with Tommy Pham and in turn used their right to impose a $570,000 salary on their starting centerfielder.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Pham said he wasn’t interested in negotiating a two-year deal, he wants something longer.
“I know what numbers I need to put up, to reach, whatever I’m willing to reach,” Pham told Goold. “I’m from Vegas. I’m a betting individual.”
Pham posted solid numbers for St. Louis in 2017 putting up a .306 average, 136 hits, 73 RBI and 23 home runs. He also swiped 25 bases, something he’s trying to improve upon in 2018.
Pham will patrol the centerfield position in 2018, flanked by new addition Marcell Ozuna and Dexter Fowler respectively to round out one of the better outfields in baseball.