Early Wednesday afternoon, the Cardinals called a 3 p.m. local press conference. With a few hours between the announcement and the actual press conference, it's a fun time to watch rampant speculation on social media as to what the presser is about. As it turns out it's a contract extension with Matt Carpenter.
The deal is for two years with a vesting option for a third year, the Cardinals announce. That presumably starts after this season, though we await further details.
Carpenter, 33, was facing the possibility of free agency this coming offseason and that had to be a pretty daunting feeling at his way with the way the market has gone this last two offseasons. The Cardinals did hold an $18.5 million club option with a $2 million buyout. His new deal grabs that year and more.