The St. Louis Cardinals and star infielder Matt Carpenter are closing in on a new long-term contract extension according to multiple reports.
The deal will reportedly be for 5-6 years and $50-55 million, buying out Carpenter’s three remaining arbitration years and the first 2-3 years of free agency.
Carpenter completed a physical yesterday and the deal is expected to be officially announced by the Cardinals on Friday.
The 27-year-old Carpenter took the baseball world by storm last season, hitting .318 with 11 home runs and 78 runs batted in, while leading the National League with 199 hits, 126 runs scored, and 55 doubles. Carpenter was named to the National League All-Star team, finished fourth in the NL MVP voting, and was the winner of the coveted Silver Slugger Award as well.
The Cardinals have done a nice job of developing top young talent and locking them into long-term deals in recent years and this move continues that trend.