During the spring roundtable discussion for the United Cardinal Bloggers, there was a question of who would be the next player that would be locked up via a contract extension. We have the answer: Matt Carpenter. Both are currently in talks.
Carpenter is eligible for arbitration in 2015 and would have become a free agent in 2018. Earlier this year, while talking about an extension, Carpenter said that “this is a dream job for me. And if there is something like that for me that could happen with the Cardinals, I would be grateful.”
General manager John Mozeliak would only tell the Post-Dispatch that the two sides are talking. If they come to an agreement in spring, Carpenter would be the fourth player since the start of the 2012 calendar to see a contract extension with the Cardinals.
After having limited appearances during the 2011 season, Carpenter saw a breakout year during the 2012 season, hitting .294/.365/.463 and finishing the season in sixth place in Rookie of the Year voting.
Last year, Carpenter showed what he could do during a full season. He hit .318/.392/.481, made his first trip to the All-Star Game. When all was said and done, Carpenter led the league in hits, runs, and doubles.
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