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Cardinals, Carpenter close to contract extension

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(BaseballStL) -- The Cardinals appear to be close to signing Matt Carpenter to a long term contract. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweeted: 

A six year deal with Carpenter would cover his final pre-arbitration season, all three arbitration years and two free agent years.

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Carpenter finished fourth in MVP voting last year. He wouldn't have been arbitration eligible until 2015 or free-agent eligible until after the 2018 season. Carpenter hit .318 last season with 11 home runs and 78 rbi's. He was the National League's Silver Slugger award winner at second base, and led the league with 126 runs and 55 doubles. He was an All Star in his first season as an everyday player. 
The Cardinals have identified Carpenter as one of their core players, and wanted to get him locked into a long term deal. In recent years, they've signed Adam Wainwright, Allen Craig, Yadier Molina and Jaime Garcia to multi-year contracts before they reached free agency. 

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