Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 3 Months

Matt Carpenter had a four-hit night from the leadoff spot Wednesday against the Mets.

Carpenter scored once and was thrown out at home plate trying to score the tying run in the ninth. He's scored 15 runs in 22 games for the season. That doesn't quite match last year's pace, but it certainly isn't bad.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 4 Months

Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' lineup Wednesday.

It's simply a routine day of rest. Daniel Descalso is at third base in Carpenter's place, while Kolten Wong is holding down the leadoff spot. Peter Bourjos is also sitting out, with Jon Jay handling center field.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 4 Months

Matt Carpenter was ejected from Monday's game against the Brewers for arguing a called strike three.

Carpenter had a beef, as the ball was clearly outside. Home plate umpire Bob Davidson had been calling the pitch a strike all night and evidently didn't care for Carpenter objecting to his poor zone. Daniel Descalso replaced Carpenter at third base.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 4 Months

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored against the Cubs on Saturday.

Carpenter had an RBI single in a four-run second inning and another one in a five-run fourth. With a .300/.431/.375 batting line to go along with one home run, six RBI, and nine runs scored through 11 games, the 28-year-old has picked up from where he left off last year.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 5 Months

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI versus the Astros on Friday.

In four spring trainings with the Cardinals, Carpenter has never failed to post a .400 OBP. He has a .316 average and a .435 OBP at the moment.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 5 Months

Cardinals signed INF Matt Carpenter to a six-year, $52 million contract extension.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported Friday that the team was close to the deal, and confirmed the two sides reached an agreement early Saturday. It's a nice reward for the 28-year-old who's coming off a brilliant 2013 season in which he slashed .318/.392/.481 with 11 homers, 78 RBI, and a league-high 126 runs scored. He'll be shifting to third base full-time in 2014 to make room for Kolten Wong at second.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 5 Months

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have reached an agreement with Matt Carpenter on a multi-year contract extension.

The team has called a 10:00 AM press conference on Saturday to announce the signing. The deal is believed to be a six-year pact in the range of $51-$55 million. The deal effectively buys out the first two years of free agency for the 28-year-old infielder.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 5 Months

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals are "close to finalizing" a six-year extension with Matt Carpenter worth $51-55 million.

Goold says the contract "could be finalized and announced this weekend." Carpenter isn't eligible for arbitration until after this season, so the six-year deal would buy out his first two years of free agency. The fact that the infielder is 28 makes the extension a little risky, but as long as he stays healthy it should wind up being a good deal for the Cardinals.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 5 Months

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that the long-term contract extension being discussed by the Cardinals and infielder Matt Carpenter would be for six years.

Rosenthal's source says the deal is "very close" to being finished. Carpenter is entering his final pre-arbitration season, so this extension would run through all three arbitration years and his first two years of free agency. It's risky to lock up a 28-year-old late-bloomer coming off a breakout campaign, but the Cardinals could be saving themselves a ton of money in the long run. Carpenter was among the most productive players in baseball in 2013.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 5 Months

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Cardinals are "closing in" on an extension with Matt Carpenter.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday night that the two sides were engaged in long-term talks, and it appears that progress has been made. Carpenter isn't even arbitration-eligible until 2015 and is currently under contractual control through 2017, so this deal could have significant length. Carpenter, 28, finished fourth in the National League MVP voting in 2013. He will start at third base and bat leadoff for St. Louis in 2014.