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Cardinals sign Matt Carpenter to two-year, $39 million contract extension

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ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 8: Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals fields a growing ball against the Los Angeles Dodgers seventh inning at Busch Stadium on April 8, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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The Cardinals announced on Wednesday afternoon that the club and third baseman Matt Carpenter have agreed to a two-year contract extension with a third-year vesting option. Per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the contract will cover the 2020-21 seasons and the vesting option will be for 2022.

Carpenter, 33, is finishing out his six-year, $52 million contract extension signed in March 2014. He had an $18.5 million club option for the 2020 season. The Athletic’s Mark Saxon reports that Carpenter will earn a combined $39 million in 2020-21 and, if he accrues 1,100 plate appearances over those two years, his 2022 option will vest for $18.5 million.

Carpenter had a career year in 2018, batting .257/.374/.523 with 36 home runs and 81 RBI in 677 plate appearances. He is off to a slower start to begin 2019, owning a .701 OPS with a homer and three RBI across 11 games.

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