WATCH: Carpenter thinks about being a Cardinal for life with contract extension

The Cardinals signed their third baseman to a two-year extension with a vesting option for a third year

April 10, 2019 - 3:56 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Cardinals have announced a two-year contract extension with third baseman Matt Carpenter. The deal will keep the 33-year-old in St. Louis through the 2022 season. 

Carpenter, who was drafted by St. Louis in 2009, could very well play his entire career with the Cardinals. 

"It's an honor to put this jersey on and I don't say that lightly," Carpenter says. "I think about it all the time to potentially be here for my entire career is something that I don't take for granted. Everyday it's something that I try to live up to."

Carpenter has compiled a .273 career batting mark with 134 home runs, 585 walks and a .376 on-base pct. in 1,031 career games, twice finished among the top-10 in National League MVP voting (2013 & 2018) and was named an All-Star in 2013, 2014 & 2016.  He was voted the recipient of the N.L. Silver Slugger award at second base in 2013 when he set the club single-season record for doubles (55) by a left-handed batter and also posted league highs for hits (199) and runs scored (126).

Never one to wear batting gloves, Matt has established the Cardinals franchise records for career (23) and single-season (8) lead-off homers and he has compiled the top career on-base pct. (.388) among active lead-off hitters.  Since 2013, Matt is currently leading the majors with his 245 doubles and he is one of just three players (also Mike Trout, 652 & Paul Goldschmidt, 608) with over 600 runs scored (616).

Matt collected his 1,000th career hit on March 29, becoming one of just six players to amass 1,000 or more hits while wearing the birds on the bat, joining Stan Musial, Yadier Molina, Marty Marion, Terry Moore and Pepper Martin.

Carpenter joins All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (2020-24), All-Star pitcher Miles Mikolas (2020-23) and outfielder José Martínez  (2019-20) among Cardinals who have signed multi-year contract extensions since February.  

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