The St. Louis Cardinals and rising star Matt Carpenter have reached agreement on a new 6-year, $52 million contract extension that will keep Carpenter in a Cardinals uniform through the 2019 season and possibly longer.
The new deal includes a $1.5 million signing bonus, annual salaries of $1 million, $3.5 million, $6.25 million, $9.75 million, $13.5 million, and $14.5 million and also includes an $18.5 million option or a $2 million buyout for the 2020 season.
The deal covers Carpenter’s final arbitration-eligible years and his first two years of free agency. giving the Cardinals cost-certainty moving forward.
The 27-year-old Carpenter blossomed into a star 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 National League MVP voting, and won the highly coveted Silver Slugger Award in his first full season as a regular.