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Matt Carpenter | Third Baseman

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/26/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' lineup Wednesday.
It's simply a routine day of rest. Daniel Descalso is at third base in Carpenter's place, while Kolten Wong is holding down the leadoff spot. Peter Bourjos is also sitting out, with Jon Jay handling center field. Apr 16 - 10:39 AM

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Matt Carpenter was ejected from Monday's game against the Brewers for arguing a called strike three.

Carpenter had a beef, as the ball was clearly outside. Home plate umpire Bob Davidson had been calling the pitch a strike all night and evidently didn't care for Carpenter objecting to his poor zone. Daniel Descalso replaced Carpenter at third base.
Apr 14 - 9:38 PM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored against the Cubs on Saturday.

Carpenter had an RBI single in a four-run second inning and another one in a five-run fourth. With a .300/.431/.375 batting line to go along with one home run, six RBI, and nine runs scored through 11 games, the 28-year-old has picked up from where he left off last year.
Apr 12 - 6:00 PM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a walk Friday in a loss to the Pirates.

It was his first home run of the year. His fifth-inning two-run shot off Gerrit Cole was the only offense the Cardinals would muster. Serving as the leadoff hitter for St. Louis once again, Carpenter's patience and line-drive approach give him a good chance to duplicate his production from his breakout 2013 season. Of course, he'll still need the hitters behind him to drive him in.
Apr 4 - 11:48 PM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI versus the Astros on Friday.

In four spring trainings with the Cardinals, Carpenter has never failed to post a .400 OBP. He has a .316 average and a .435 OBP at the moment.
Mar 14 - 4:56 PM

Cardinals signed INF Matt Carpenter to a six-year, $52 million contract extension.

The deal also includes an $18.5 million option for 2020. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported Friday that the team was close to the deal, and confirmed the two sides reached an agreement early Saturday. It's a nice reward for the 28-year-old who's coming off a brilliant 2013 season in which he slashed .318/.392/.481 with 11 homers, 78 RBI, and a league-high 126 runs scored. He'll be shifting to third base full-time in 2014 to make room for Kolten Wong at second.
Mar 8 - 9:24 AM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have reached an agreement with Matt Carpenter on a multi-year contract extension.

The team has called a 10:00 AM press conference on Saturday to announce the signing. The deal is believed to be a six-year pact in the range of $51-$55 million. The deal effectively buys out the first two years of free agency for the 28-year-old infielder.
Mar 8 - 9:09 AM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals are "close to finalizing" a six-year extension with Matt Carpenter worth $51-55 million.

Goold says the contract "could be finalized and announced this weekend." Carpenter isn't eligible for arbitration until after this season, so the six-year deal would buy out his first two years of free agency. The fact that the infielder is 28 makes the extension a little risky, but as long as he stays healthy it should wind up being a good deal for the Cardinals.
Mar 7 - 8:32 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that the long-term contract extension being discussed by the Cardinals and infielder Matt Carpenter would be for six years.

Rosenthal's source says the value of the still-under-negotiation deal is around $50-55 million and the two sides are "very close" to reaching an official agreement. Carpenter is entering his final pre-arb season, so this extension would run through all three arbitration years and his first two seasons of free agency. It's risky to lock up a 28-year-old coming off a breakout campaign, but the Cardinals could be saving themselves a ton of money in the long run. Carpenter was among the most productive players in baseball in 2013.
Mar 6 - 12:44 PM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Cardinals are "closing in" on an extension with Matt Carpenter.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday night that the two sides were engaged in long-term talks, and it appears that progress has been made. Carpenter isn't even arbitration-eligible until 2015 and is currently under contractual control through 2017, so this deal could have significant length. Carpenter, 28, finished fourth in the National League MVP voting in 2013. He will start at third base and bat leadoff for St. Louis in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 6 - 12:17 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals are discussing a multi-year contract extension with third baseman Matt Carpenter.

"This is a dream job for me," Carpenter told Goold. "And if there is something like that for me that could happen with the Cardinals, I would be grateful." The 28-year-old infielder is not even arbitration-eligible until 2015, but it's often wise for teams to lock up players in their pre-arb years. Carpenter finished fourth in the National League MVP voting in 2013 after hitting .318/.392/.481 with a league-leading 55 doubles and 126 runs in 157 games. He'll bat leadoff and play third base in 2014 for St. Louis.
Mar 6 - 8:35 AM

Matt Carpenter was honored with his first Silver Slugger Award on Wednesday night.

It was a pretty easy choice for voters, as Carpenter led all batters not only at the position but in the entire NL in hits, runs and doubles in 2013. It was a big year for Carpenter, who was also named to his first All-Star game. Other winners from the National League were C Yadier Molina, 1B Paul Goldschmidt, 3B Pedro Alvarez, SS Ian Desmond, OF Jay Bruce, OF Michael Cuddyer, OF Andrew McCutchen and P Zack Greinke.
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 07:00:00 PM

Matt Carpenter went 3-for-5 in the Cardinals' Game 6 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Carpenter struggled for much of the postseason but salvaged his World Series somewhat with the three-hit night. It was his third multi-hit game in the series, and he finished with a .296/.286/.333 line in the six games. Unfortunately for the Cardinals he was one of the only hitters who could get anything going for them in the series, as they fell in six games to the Red Sox.
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 11:28:00 PM

Matt Carpenter had a nice night at the dish in Sunday’s loss to the Red Sox in Game 4 of the World Series, going 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.

Unfortunately, the rest of the Cardinals offense totaled just four hits on the evening. Carpenter singled and scored on a Carlos Beltran single in the third inning to get the Cardinals on the board, then drove in their other run with an RBI single in the seventh. He has struggled at the plate for most of the postseason, hitting just .200 (12-for-60), but appears to be heating up just when it’s absolutely needed most. The Cardinals will look to regain the upper hand in the series when they host Game 5 on Monday.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 11:55:00 PM

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 and swatted his 11th home run in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.

Carpenter also scored a pair of runs in the game. His solo shot off Brewers starter Wily Peralta got the Cardinals on the board in the third inning. The magical season continues for the 27-year-old infielder who is now hitting .324/.396/.491 with 11 homers, a league-leading 123 runs scored, 77 RBI and three stolen bases.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 11:16:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Peter Bourjos
2Jon Jay
3Shane Robinson
RF1Allen Craig
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Shelby Miller
4Lance Lynn
5Joe Kelly
6Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Carlos Martinez
3Jason Motte
4Kevin Siegrist
5Randy Choate
6Seth Maness
7Pat Neshek
8Keith Butler