JUPITER — Matt Carpenter called agreeing to a $52 million, six-year deal with St. Louis a no-brainer. The Cardinals are hoping their third baseman sticks even longer than that.
"He's the type of player you'd like to think could finish his career as a Cardinal," St. Louis chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt said Saturday.
St. Louis began contract talks with Carpenter in August. Both sides characterized the negotiations as smooth.
"It was not one of those where we were sitting there debating all of Matt's faults or his weaknesses, because there weren't any," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said. "He's really a special person not only on the field but off the field."
The deal includes a team option for a seventh year in 2020 at $18.5 million. Should the Cardinals decline the option, they would pay Carpenter a $2 million buyout.
"For a baseball junkie like myself, I can't think of a better place to play than the city of St. Louis," Carpenter said. "Busch Stadium, I still pinch myself every time I make that drive to the field. Playing in front of these fans, the city of St. Louis, Cardinal baseball as a whole, it's just so much fun. It's such a privilege to put on this jersey. It's something I don't take lightly at all."
Carpenter, 28, hit .318 with a .392 on-base percentage and a .481 slugging percentage, and his 7.0 Wins Above Replacement was third best in the National League. He is moving from second base back to third this season.
Also, Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia is scheduled to have his sore shoulder examined by noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews on Monday. He will also have a rehabilitation plan set up by physical therapists in Andrews' office in Birmingham, Ala.
BOSOX FINED: Major League Baseball fined the Red Sox an undisclosed amount after the team fielded a lineup against the Marlins on Thursday that failed to meet MLB guidelines for the participation of regulars. The Marlins had said they were outraged, prompting Boston owner John Henry to tweet out, "They should apologize for their regular season lineup."
A'S: Third baseman Josh Donaldson's contract was renewed at the major-league minimum $500,000.
DODGERS: Right-hander Zack Greinke, out with a strained right calf, threw 35 pitches in a simulated game and another 50 in the bullpen. … Outfielder Yasiel Puig was excused because of a personal matter.
ROYALS: Former Rays right-hander James Shields and righty Jason Vargas are scheduled to start the first two games of the season, at Detroit. Manager Ned Yost also said that former Rays righty Wade Davis is no longer a rotation candidate.
WHITE SOX: Left-hander Jose Quintana was hit in the shin by a line drive and removed from the game after two batters.