The St Louis Cardinals announced a new deal for third baseman Matt Carpenter. His new deal is worth $52 million dollars for 6 years. What does this mean for the Cardinals? He is the centerpiece that the Cardinals want to build around going forward.
Matt Holliday is the superstar now. He is 34 years old. He either has a few more years in his prime or is on the downhill of his career. The Cardinals can’t afford to build around him and it’s not their philosophy to build around aging players. Matt Carpenter is in his prime so it makes sense to build around him.
Also, it locks up a core piece of the infield. There is no question the farm system has a surplus of outfield and pitching talent. The infield has some good prospects but most are not ready to make a huge impact in the Major Leagues. It’s imperative to lock up the talent you do have and to show them that they are wanted and if you work hard, you will get reward. Credit the Cardinals for getting this deal done when they didn’t have to.
So Cardinals fans have their newest superstar ready to be a Cardinal for his career. That’s why they traded David Freese and why they move Matt Carpenter to third base. He has already shown what type of baseball player he is and he lives the Cardinal way. That’s why he will likely be a Cardinal for life.
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