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Report: Cards sign Carpenter to 2-year extension

Posted on: September 12, 2011 9:52 am
Chris CarpenterBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Albert Pujols may or may not be a Cardinal the next two years, but Chris Carpeneter will be. St. Louis has signed right-hander Chris Carpenter to a two-year, $21-million contract extension, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The team has not finalized the deal, but will do so later this week, Strauss writes.

The team had a $15 million option for 2012, but this replaces this and saves the team roguht $3 million a year. The contract doesn't include another option and no appearance incentives.

The Cardinals are hoping to lock up key pieces before having to deal with the Pujols situation this offseason. According to the Post-Dispatch, the team has already reached out to shortstop Rafael Furcal and right-fielder Lance Berkman about extensions. General manager John Mozeliak has also said the team would pick up the team's two-year, $21 million option on Adam Wainwright.

St. Louis also has to decide on what to do with second baseman Skip Schumaker, who is arbitration-eligible after the season and it also has a $7 million option on catcher Yadier Molina.

The team's opening day payroll was just more than $109 million and will only drop if the team doesn't keep Pujols.

Starter Edwin Jackson is a free agent and unlikely to return. The team also has an option on left-hander Arthur Rhodes, one it is unlikely to exercise.

Also arbitration eligible are infielder Ryan Theriot and right-handers Kyle McClellan, Mitchell Boggs and Jason Motte.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: September 12, 2011 11:27 pm

Report: Cards sign Carpenter to 2-year extension

Got to feel bad for Chris Carpenter, world economies are tanking, fear abounds in much of the U.S. economy, and now Carpenter gets saddled with a lousy $21 mil offer. Troubled times indeed that we live in ...

Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: September 12, 2011 6:02 pm

Report: Cards sign Carpenter to 2-year extension

So the Cards are trying to lock up Carp, Wainwright, Furcal, and Molina.... They already have 17 mil in Holiday for next year so if they keep all of the mentioned guys and pay them their salary for next year that's 60 mil with just those 5 guys none of which are under 30 years old except Molina their catcher (he'll be 30 next year so...) but he already has 6-7 years as a full time catcher under his belt.  How much longer can he last doing that at the level he has been.  And they want to re-sign Berkman.  That will be at least another 7-8 mil right there so they'll be pushing 70 mil between 6 players half of which are on the back end of their career (Furcal, Carp, and Berkman).  So let's say they put the pieces in place before talking to Pujols.  Pujols and the team couldn't reach an agreement last offseason when it was rumored he wanted 30 mil a year.  I think he'll come down on the asking price but not much.  I think he'll give the cards a "discount" but still be asking in the neighborhood of 26-28 mil.  So the Cards sign him, that means they'll have 95 mil locked up in 7 players all 30+ years old.  The cards generally have their payroll hang around the 100 mil mark with this year being the highest at 110.  I don't think the team will raise payroll that much but if they do say to 120 mil that still leaves only 25 mil to fill in 18 other positions.  I have a feeling they're going after Berkman because they know they can't re-sign Pujols.  Also, on a side note, I thought the Cards were one of the smartest teams in the NL.  Why on earth are they trying to keep Furcal???  Oh well, maybe they'll get buried under bad contracts and the Cubs will be laughing at them as we finish digging out from under ours.  A Cub fan can only hope.

Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: September 12, 2011 3:59 pm

Report: Cards sign Carpenter to 2-year extension

I think picking up the option for Yadier Molina is a very easy decision for the Cardinals.  One of the best catchers in baseball at a bargain salary.  I like the Carpenter and Wainwright decisions.  It would be nice for Lance Berkman to retire a Cardinal but if that is not possible, Allan Craig will hit 25 home runs and hit at least .280 if healthy for the year.  I'm a little tired of the emphasize away from young players (i.e., Furcal instead of starting Descalso) but if that is the decision for next year then I agree it may be difficult to keep both Furcal and Schumaker and we may need to try Descalso or Greene at 2nd base.  Tyler Greene is the only player on the team with any speed.  Unfortunately we won't be able to sign Jackson although I like him as well.  We are committed to high contracts with Lohse and Westbrook for next year.  I do think we need to keep Kyle McClellan along with Motte.  

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 3:05 pm

Report: Cards sign Carpenter to 2-year extension

Don't sign Molina.  We've abused his knees over the past two years (check out how much of a workhorse he's been for a catcher).  Sure, he still has some miles to go, but $7 million is a lot, and any longer than one year is awfully risky.  Ask the Twins how happy they are giving big money to a catcher.  I'm fine with the team maybe offering him less money next year, but add another year or two at a lower cost, but you can't lock him up long time at anywhere near $7 million a year.

Also, to the poster who said to only keep Motte, why would you get rid of McClellan? He'll still be reasonably priced and he's far better than most of the available relievers in the league, plus he can easily start if needed due to injury.  

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 2:49 pm

Report: Cards sign Carpenter to 2-year extension

I agree to sign Yadi, but am not sure on Berkman.  He has had a great year, but was awful for almost 2 years before.  Let everybody who is arbitration eligible go except Motte the rest can go.  Would not mind seeing Fyrcal back in a Redbird uniform either.

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: September 12, 2011 2:18 pm

Report: Cards sign Carpenter to 2-year extension

Keep Yadi definitely. He's hitting better than ever and is already one of the best defensive catchers today.

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 12, 2011 11:29 am

Report: Cards sign Carpenter to 2-year extension

Great move as he has been solid all year and great of late.  His record would be better had he got run support early in the year.  You have to sign Yadi until he's 35-37 as he is great for the team.  Berkman wants 1 year deals and i'd give him those because you never know.  There are a lot of issues with this team as they move forward but this was a great move.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 11:08 am

Report: Cards sign Carpenter to 2-year extension

sign yadi now. keep furcal, berkman on short two year contracts. arbitrate motte. i would sign jackson, as starting pitching is tough to find and its only a year till lohse and/or westbrook is gone. rhodes will retire and schumaker was nice knowing you but we cant sign everyone and you would be nice pickup for a team, same fore theriot. mcClellan and Boggs are tough calls but i think both could walk. cardinals brass will probably let jackson walk and sign mcclellan for his diversity in game situations. Boggs will go. too many chances. Shelby miller will be up late next year too, so that hurts jackson.

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