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Carpenter, Cardinals agree to deal covering 2020 and ’21

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Three-time All-Star infielder Matt Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a contract for 2020 and 21, a deal that includes an option for 2023 that could become guaranteed.

The 33-year-old has a $14.5 million salary this season a part of a $52 million, six-year deal that included an $18.5 million club option for 2020 with a $2 million buyout.

“Its really very humbling,” Carpenter said after Wednesdays announcement. “To be able to potentially be here for an entire career is something that I dont take for granted. Every day its something that I try to live up to.”

He has a .273 batting average with 134 home runs and a .376 on base percentage in 1,031 games since debuting in 2011 with the Cardinals. Carpenter was an All-Star in 2013, 2014, and 2016. He finished among the top 10 in MVP voting in 2013 and last year.

“Hes created enormous flexibility for the Cardinals because he was always willing to play a different position to allow us to maximize our team,” Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said. “Really what it says is hes truly a team player. So, the reason were motivated to try to do this is where hes at in his career, we wanted him to continue to wear the Cardinal uniform.”

Carpenter was a 13th-round draft pick by the Cardinals in 2009. He became the fourth St. Louis player since February to sign a long-term deal after first basemanRead More – Source

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