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Originally published March 8, 2014 at 5:52 PM | Page modified March 8, 2014 at 8:15 PM

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Matt Carpenter agrees to six-year, $52 million deal with St. Louis


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JUPITER, Fla. — Matt Carpenter called agreeing to a new $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 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,” St. Louis 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 St. Louis 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.”

Meanwhile, Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia will have his sore shoulder examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday.

Garcia will also have a rehabilitation plan set up by physical therapists in Andrews’ office in Birmingham, Ala.

Note

Aramis Ramirez hit a three-run double in the first inning on the first pitch he saw this spring, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Kansas City Royals 7-6.

The third baseman made his first start since having surgery in early January to remove a polyp from his colon.



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