A day after the Nationals scratched him from a start with right elbow inflammation, right-hander Doug Fister expressed no concern about his health. “It’s typical inflammation, so we’re treating it day by day,” he said in a brief meeting with reporters.
The Cardinals have signed Matt Carpenter to a six-year, $52MM extension, locking up their star infielder through his age-33 season. The contract breakdown is as follows: Carpenter will receive a $1.5MM signing bonus, $1MM in 2014, and then salaries of $3.5MM, $6.25MM, $9.75MM, $13.5MM and $14.5MM. In 2020, the Cardinals will have an $18.5MM option on his services, with a $2MM buyout. The Cardinals announced the signing at a 10:00am press conference. Carpenter is represented by SSG Baseball. Earlier this week, it emerged that Carpenter and the Cardinals were close to an extension that could be worth $50MM-$55MM. Carpenter does not become arbitration-eligible until next offseason and is not eligible for free agency after 2017.
Last spring, the Cardinals came to Spring Training hopeful of watching Matt Carpenter take the reins of the second-base job. This year, the organization will leave with assurances that he is part of its long-term core. The Cards have called a 10 a.m. CT press conference on Saturday during which they will announce reaching multi-year deal with Carpenter, a source confirmed.
Matt Carpenter led the Majors in runs, doubles and hits last season, and the Cardinals have signed him to a six-year, $52 million contract that will run at least through his 33rd birthday.
The Cardinals will sign Matt Carpenter to a six-year, $52MM extension, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch initially tweeted that the two parties had agreed on an extension. The Cardinals have scheduled a press conference at 10:00am to announce the signing. Carpenter is represented by SSG Baseball. Earlier this week, it emerged that Carpenter and the Cardinals were close to an extension that could be worth $50MM-$55MM. Carpenter does not become arbitration-eligible until next offseason and is not eligible for free agency after 2017. Carpenter got a late start on his MLB career, not emerging as a semi-regular player until 2012, when he was 26
Phillies reliever Mike Adams, who is coming off right shoulder surgery, threw off the mound for the second time Saturday morning and said he is ready to face hitters in live batting practice
There are 19 games on the schedule Saturday across the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues. Among the matchups to watch: Left-hander Brett Anderson, who was the A’s Opening Day starter a year ago, opposes his former club at 3:10 p.m. ET.
Joba Chamberlain has thrown to Francisco Cervelli for years. Pitching against him was something altogether different. As Chamberlain stared toward the batter’s box and saw his former teammate waiting to swing, he had his Spring Training test.
Michael Pineda chuckled and flashed a wide grin as his mind replayed those last three pitches of the evening: the sharp, biting sliders that zipped past Miguel Cabrera, the two-time reigning American League Most Valuable Player Award winner.