Carpenter had the possibility of becoming a free agent at the end of this season, where he will make $14.5 million. This year was part of a $52 million contract that was signed five years ago. That contract included an $18.5 million option for 2020, along with a $2 million buyout. Instead, the 33-year-will hang around for more success, along with the chance to earn more money. He can make his 2022 salary guaranteed if he has 1,100 plate appearances combined in 2020 and 2021, along with 550 more in 2021.
Since debuting with the Cardinals in 2011, Carpenter has hit .273 with 134 home runs and a .376 on-base percentage over 1,031 games. He is a three-time All-Star, making the July festivities in 2013, 2014, and 2016. He also finished top 10 in the MVP voting in 2013 and 2018, despite his team missing the Postseason last year. The lead-off hitter was drafted in the 13th round of the 2009 MLB Draft, and has now joined Paul Goldschmidt, Miles Mikolas, and Jose Martinez as players who have signed long-term deals with the team since February.