He holds the Major League record for doubles by a lefty, breaking Stan Musial’s record. He is very close to breaking the Cardinals’ record for RBIs, extra-base hits and runs from the lead off spot. He’s also about to get paid a lot of money.
The man in question is Matt Carpenter, and Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Cardinals are very close to signing to along term extension with their second-baseman. He says that the deal would be for six years, covering his remaining pre-arbitration year, three arbitration years, and two free agent years, and would be in the neighborhood of $50-$55 million dollars. At that price tag, that would be considered a bargain for the player that placed 4th in the MVP race while earning an All-Star nomination and Silver Slugger award last season.
Carpenter would be worth it, too. Last season, Carpenter played in 157 games, racking up a .318/.392/.481 slash line, scoring 126 runs, getting 199 hits, and smacking 55 doubles. Those last three led the National League.
Carpenter looks to be one of the many Cardinal-grown players that would be the face of the franchise for years to come.
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