(NEW YORK) — The St. Louis Cardinals have locked up a key member of their club as they’ve given a six-year extension with infielder Matt Carpenter.
Carpenters deal is worth $52 million, according to ESPN.
In only a short period of time, Carpenter has proven to be a dependable and consistent offensive threat for the Cardinals.
The 28-year-year old Carpenter has been a full-time starter for just two seasons, but has improved across the board. In 2013, Carpenter hit .318 with 11 home runs, drove in 78 runs, and scored 126 runs.
Carpenter’s value doesn’t just come with a bat, but with a glove as well. He was an All-Star at second base in 2013, but to make room for highly-touted prospect Kolten Wong, Carpenter will make the shift to third base.
With Carpenter in the lineup, the Cardinals are expected to field a strong team on the offensive end. In 2013, the team ranked 3rd in the Majors with 783 runs scored.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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