Cardinals Extend Carpenter
Early Monday morning, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the St. Louis Cardinals have extended the contract of Chris Carpenter. Unconfirmed figures on the contract indicate the deal is for two years and $21 million. The contract will circumnavigate Carpenter’s $15 million option for 2012.
The move gives the Cardinals relative stability for three-fifths of their rotation through the 2013 season. Jaime Garcia already inked a deal that keeps him in the Cardinal uniform for the next few years, and Adam Wainwright will head the starting five assuming the Cards make good on their promise to pick up his two options years.
Kyle Lohse and Jake Westbrook are still under contract for next season, giving the Cardinals a locked-in rotation for 2012. By 2013, the team may be looking to either Shelby Miller or Carlos Martinez—or maybe even both—to make the leap from prospect to Major Leaguer.
This move isn’t totally unexpected given Carpenter’s success and reputation with the franchise. Letting him go to free agency would have been one of the toughest calls this team has had to make, but paying him $15 million next year didn’t seem feasible either. Hopefully his injury history is just that, and he can play out his final years as the contributing force he has proven to be when healthy.