Franklin, Miller Sign Extensions

Daniel ShoptawAnalyst ISeptember 1, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 14:  National League All-Star Ryan Franklin of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches during the 2009 MLB All-Star Game at Busch Stadium on July 14, 2009 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

We all had heard the talk about Ryan Franklin getting an extension on his contract through the 2011 season.  Today, the Cardinals formally announced that, as well as some other, more surprising news.

Trever Miller, another of the Cardinal free agents at the end of the season, signed an extension for next year with an option for 2011.  As solid as Miller has been out of the pen, this was pretty much a no-brainer (with the caveat that financial information wasn't announced, so if they are paying him ridiculous money, that statement comes back). 

It's good to see the Cardinals start to lock in some numbers for next year as they prepare not only for the Matt Holliday discussions that are sure to dominate the offseason, but also for the Albert Pujols extension that Bill DeWitt has indicated he wants to get done this year as well.  Having some cost certainty on these pitchers, especially getting Miller before the market inflates his value, only helps.

This is what a 10.5 game lead gets you.  Normally the Cardinals aren't talking extension during the year, but with this kind of gap and the fact that there are so many decisions coming this offseason, they broke their own unwritten rule.  Glad that they did.

Also, the airing of Shaq vs. Pujols is on tonight.  ABC, 8 CDT.  Here's a clip showing Shaq's training with John Mabry.