Matt Carpenter discussing multi-year extension with Cardinals
Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is discussing a multi-year extension to remain in St. Louis, according to a report from Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Dispatch. According to a tweet Thursday afternoon from Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the two sides are discussing a six-year deal that would be worth between $50 million and $55 million.
General manager John Mozeliak would not comment on the discussions, only to confirm that both sides are engaged in talks to possibly keep the leadoff hitter in St. Louis for years to come.
Earlier this year, Carpenter had said playing for the Cardinals is a "dream job" and he would be "grateful" for any opportunity to continue playing in St. Louis. According to Goold, both sides were discussing the contract as recently as Wednesday.
The 28-year-old, who won a World Series ring in his first year with the Cardinals in 2011, was named an All-Star last season when he led the league with 126 runs scored, 199 hits and 55 doubles.
Per MLB rules, the team can renew him at a one-year salary for this season since he has less than three years of playing time in the majors.
Source: Matt Carpenter’s six-year deal with #STLCards, if completed, will be worth between $50M and $55M.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 6, 2014