ST. LOUIS – Three-time all-star infielder Matt Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed on a deal that will add $ 37 million in guaranteed money for 2020 and & # 39; 21, a deal that's one Option for 2022 includes.
The 33-year-old has a salary of $ 14.5 million this season under a $ 52 million six-year contract that included a club option of $ 18.5 million for 2020 with a $ 2 million buy-out.
Under the new contract, he has guaranteed salaries of $ 18.5 million in 2020 and 21 years. The 2022 salary would be guaranteed if he had a total of 1,100 record appearances in 2020 and & # 39; 21 Of which at least 550 in & # 39; 21.
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"It's really humble," Carpenter said after Wednesday's announcement. "Being able to possibly be here for an entire career is something I do not take for granted – I try to live it every day."
He has an average of 273 strokes with 134 home runs and a .376 base percentage in 1,031 games since his 2011 debut with the Cardinals. Carpenter was an All-Star in 2013, 2014 and 2016. In the 2013 and last year's MVP polls, he finished in the top 10.
"He created tremendous flexibility for the Cardinals because he was always ready to play a different role. To maximize our team, John said Mozeliak, president of Cardinals baseball operations. "Actually, it says he's really a team player. That's why we're motivated to do so because he works in his career. We wanted him to continue to wear the cardinal's uniform. "
Carpenter was the first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, pitcher Miles Mikolas, and first baseman / outfielder Jose Martinez to become the fourth St. Louis player since February, a long-term one Contract signed.
"If we have a core player, we like to keep him here," said Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. "We've been trying to do that since I was here and before."