The Cardinals have locked up a key member of their lineup and one of their players with more years of experience, announcing on Wednesday the signing of the infielder. Matt Carpenter to a two-year contract extension covering the 2020-21 seasons. Carpenter, a client of SSG Baseball, will earn $ 39 million in the new agreement. Previously he had signed until the end of the 2019 season with a club option for the 2020 campaign.
Reportedly, Carpenter will take home annual salaries of $ 18.5MM in 2020 and 2021, with an award option for the same amount that will be activated if he makes a combined appearance of 1100 on the plate in 2020-21 (with at least 550 of those 1100 in 2021). If the option is not valid, it will work as a pure club option with a purchase of $ 2MM. Carpenter will also collect a non-commercial provision for the 2020 season.
Carpenter, 33, is coming off a stellar season in 2018 in which he scored a strong bar line of .257 / .374 / .523 with 36 homers, the highest of his career. He has done offensive work above the average in each of his seven full seasons in the majors. The new agreement occurs when the previous agreement of Carpenter reached a conclusion. Its extension in early 2014 included a salary of $ 14.5MM for the current season along with a club option of $ 18.5MM (purchase of $ 2MM) for 2020.
Carpenter joins the newly acquired first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in signing for the foreseeable future. There is a risk of being locked in two of those corners in their thirty-odd years, but both are immensely productive hitters. With that duo now under control throughout the 2021 season at least, it looks like Carpenter will continue to maintain the Cardinals' third base for the foreseeable future. Carpenter also has some experience at second base, but the Cards already have a superior defensive option at that position, Kolten Wong, under contract with an own long-term agreement that extends until the 2020 season and contains a club option for 2021.
That $ 19.5MM annual value in the new contract will not put the Cardinals near the luxury tax threshold, but it will increase the amount of money already committed to next year's payroll to about $ 147MM. Fortunately for the cards, it is likely that they have a ticket for a small clbad of players eligible for arbitration, since only John Brebbia, Alex Reyes, John Gant Y Dominic Leone They are established to receive arbitration increases. Of that quartet, the first three will be eligible for the first time. The Cards will also face a $ 13MM option (purchase of $ 1MM) in the infielder Jedd Gyorko.
With Carpenter now badured in place, the Cardinals suddenly look to have almost all of their 2020 lineup at home. Goldschmidt, carpenter, Wong and Paul DeJong They are all under contract for the next season, as is the icon of the franchise. Yadier Molina. Harrison Bader has established itself as the center fielder of the team, and although Marcell ozuna is scheduled to hit free agency, it is expected to be replaced by Tyler O'Neill in 2020 and beyond. Dexter Fowler he stays under contract until 2021 and figures to handle a corner position unless he tries hard in a nightmarish campaign similar to what he experienced in 2018.
The Cardinals system has some third-base quality prospects, led by 2018 in the first round Nolan gorman, but most of the talent of the team in that sense is still multiple from the preparation of the MLB. It is possible that Elehuris Montero he could have been ready to take a look at the majors by the end of 2019 or sometime in 2020, but he's still 20 years old and he's just getting his feet wet on Double-A. Gorman has not yet played above the A ball, while he is 18 years old and is well considered Malcom Nunez He will begin his professional career at Rookie Ball this summer. By the time Carpenter's contract is about to conclude, perhaps one of those promising young players will be at the top of the big leagues, but the lack of an immediate heir likely pushed the Cardinals to keep Carpenter on board in the 2021 season .
The Cardinals originally announced a press conference earlier this afternoon. Derrick Goold, of St. Louis Post-Dispatch, broke the news that the prisoner would announce a new agreement for Carpenter. Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reported on the duration of the contract (Twitter link). Athletic Mark Saxon informed the terms of the agreement (via Twitter), with Goold adding the annual breakdown and the 2020 protection without trade.