Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 6 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 6 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.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 6 Months

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals are discussing a multi-year contract extension with third baseman Matt Carpenter.

"This is a dream job for me," Carpenter told Goold. "And if there is something like that for me that could happen with the Cardinals, I would be grateful." The 28-year-old infielder is not even arbitration-eligible until 2015, but it's often wise for teams to lock up players in their pre-arb years. Carpenter finished fourth in the National League MVP voting in 2013 after hitting .318/.392/.481 with a league-leading 55 doubles and 126 runs in 157 games. He'll bat leadoff and play third base in 2014 for St. Louis.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 10 Months

Matt Carpenter was honored with his first Silver Slugger Award on Wednesday night.

It was a pretty easy choice for voters, as Carpenter led all batters not only at the position but in the entire NL in hits, runs and doubles in 2013. It was a big year for Carpenter, who was also named to his first All-Star game. Other winners from the National League were C Yadier Molina, 1B Paul Goldschmidt, 3B Pedro Alvarez, SS Ian Desmond, OF Jay Bruce, OF Michael Cuddyer, OF Andrew McCutchen and P Zack Greinke.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 10 Months

Matt Carpenter went 3-for-5 in the Cardinals' Game 6 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Carpenter struggled for much of the postseason but salvaged his World Series somewhat with the three-hit night. It was his third multi-hit game in the series, and he finished with a .296/.286/.333 line in the six games. Unfortunately for the Cardinals he was one of the only hitters who could get anything going for them in the series, as they fell in six games to the Red Sox.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 10 Months

Matt Carpenter had a nice night at the dish in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox in Game 4 of the World Series, going 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.

Unfortunately, the rest of the Cardinals offense totaled just four hits on the evening. Carpenter singled and scored on a Carlos Beltran single in the third inning to get the Cardinals on the board, then drove in their other run with an RBI single in the seventh. He has struggled at the plate for most of the postseason, hitting just .200 (12-for-60), but appears to be heating up just when it's absolutely needed most. The Cardinals will look to regain the upper hand in the series when they host Game 5 on Monday.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 11 Months

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 and swatted his 11th home run in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.

Carpenter also scored a pair of runs in the game. His solo shot off Brewers starter Wily Peralta got the Cardinals on the board in the third inning. The magical season continues for the 27-year-old infielder who is now hitting .324/.396/.491 with 11 homers, a league-leading 123 runs scored, 77 RBI and three stolen bases.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 12 Months

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-5 with a double, RBI and two runs scored as the Cardinals beat the Pirates 9-2 on Sunday.

Carpenter's seven-game hitting-streak was snapped during Saturday's 0-fer, but it didn't take him long to set the foundation for a new streak. St. Louis' leadoff man is slashing .316 /.386/.483. His batting average ranks sixth in the National League, while Carpenter has scored a league-leading 112 runs.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 12 Months

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with three runs scored as the Cardinals and Pirates combined for 20 runs on Friday, with the Cardinals winning 12-8.

Carpenter has hit in seven straight and has now scored nine runs in that time. The second baseman's runs scored on Friday were three of the Cardinals' 12 runs on the night. He also ripped an RBI double in the team's seven-run seventh inning. Carpenter has now scored a league-leading 109 runs on the season.

Matt Carpenter 2B/3B STL 12 Months

Matt Carpenter went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in a victory against the Pirates on Sunday.

The 27-year-old doesn't steal bases, but he's stuffed box scores in every other category, batting .312 with 10 homers, 66 RBI and 102 runs. Carpenter is six doubles away from becoming the the ninth player in Cardinals' history -- fifth different -- to reach 50.