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Cardinals and Matt Carpenter agree to a six-year, $52 million extension

Mar 8, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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We heard yesterday that the Cardinals and infielder Matt Carpenter were in talks about a long-term contract extension and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports this morning that the deal is done. The Cardinals will hold a press conference later this morning to formally announce the agreement.

Per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the deal is for six years and $52 million. It will cover Carpenter’s final pre-arbitration season, all three seasons of arbitration and at least his first two free agent years.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has the contract breakdown, which includes an $18.5 million club option for a seventh year:

Carpenter didn’t get his first crack at a starting job until his age-27 season last year, but he took advantage by hitting .318/.392/.481 with 11 home runs and 78 RBI. He led the National League in hits, doubles, and runs scored. Now he’s a key piece of the Cardinals’ core.

  1. dondada10 - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    6 years. 52 mil. Even numbers–it’s the Cardinal way.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      Hmmm, I thought everything with a decimal was a Cardinal number…

    • gibbyfan - Mar 8, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      For sure it seems to be MO’s way —-great move…… matter how it ultimately plays outit was the right move at this point in time….

  2. paperlions - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    That looks like a good deal, assuming, of course, that Carpenter doesn’t suddenly suck. Of course, he’s done nothing but hit throughout the minors and majors, so no reason to expect it. Those numbers look really favorable for the team. If with the inevitable fall off from last year’s stellar performance, he would have got more than those numbers in arbitration or in the first 2 years of FA. The deal goes through his age 33 season, so…not a whole lot of decline years, which is nice.

    • gostlcards5 - Mar 8, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      Agree. There are no signs thus far that he shouldn’t be able to continue to perform. The guy is a hard worker, so hopefully he gets better!

  3. hurrrdurrrr - Mar 8, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    “Of course, he’s done nothing but hit throughout the minors and majors, so no reason to expect it.”

    With the exception of the 2013 Post Season when he developed a sudden ash allergy.

    • fearlessleader - Mar 8, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      Yeah, his bat went cold along with a few others, but his 11-pitch at-bat against Kershaw in the sixth game of the NLCS was one of the best moments of the postseason for Cardinal fans….not to mention a great example of why he’s so valuable.

      • hurrrdurrrr - Mar 8, 2014 at 7:20 PM

        I agree 100%

        I wasn’t hating on him or anything. He wasn’t the only player to have a post season slump, nor will he be the last.

        I enjoy watching him lick his lips while he’s waiting for that perfect pitch and I appreciate his discipline and the plate. You can see his face light up when he sees it and *CRACK*.

        It’s just the nature of the game sometimes.

    • spudchukar - Mar 8, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      While Carpenter didn’t tear it up in the WS, a .296 BA, isn’t anything to be ashamed of.

  4. jpalughi823 - Mar 9, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    the cards are smart giving him a deal like this now.

  5. stlouis1baseball - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Wonderful job Mo. Now bring on the season!

  6. bostonboresme - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Only issue is, while he is versatile, who knows if he’ll ever have an offensive season as good as ’13. For all we know he may never crack .300 again. Nonetheless, the move by the Cards seems like a good one.

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