(BaseballStL) – The Cardinals announced to major off-season developments Wednesday afternoon.
The Cardinals have given Mike Matheny a three-year contract extension, ensuring that he’ll be the manager through the 2017 season.
“I do love what I do, but to do it here in a place I call home is extremely special. I’m very grateful,” said Matheny.
Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said he wanted to lock up his manager for the long term because he didn’t want any distractions for Matheny going into next season.
Mozeliak also announced that pitcher Chris Carpenter is officially retiring from baseball.
Carpenter pitched a total of 15 years in the major leagues, the last nine of those with the Cardinals. He finished with a career record of 144-94 with an ERA of 3.76. He won the National League Cy Young award in 2005 when he went 21-5 with a 2.83 ERA. He was a three time All Star. Carp stats
Mozeliak said he hopes Carpenter will join the organization and contribute in some way.
What is Chris Carpenter's legacy with the Cardinals? Share your thoughts.
The Cardinals also announced some roster moves. Outfielders Oscar Taveras and Mike O’Neill, and infielder Greg Garcia has been added to the 40-man Major League roster. Pitcher John Gast and infielder Jermaine Curtis have been removed from the 40-man roster. Shortstop Ryan Jackson was claimed by the Houston Astros.
BaseballStL and KMOV have reporters at Busch Stadium where this announcement was just made. More details on the way.