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St. Louis Cardinals sign second baseman Matt Carpenter to six-year deal

Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals thorws out Mark Ellis #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning at Dodger Stadium on September 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals thorws out Mark Ellis #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning at Dodger Stadium on September 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The defending National League champions have locked up their All-Star second baseman. According to a report by ESPN on March 8, leadoff hitter Mark Carpenter has signed a six-year contract extension with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The deal is reported to be worth $52 million. Although the deal has not been officially announced, the extension is consistent with reports that the team has been working on a long-term extension with the 28-year-old.

Matt Carpenter enjoyed a breakout season last year with the Cardinals. Despite struggling in the World Series, Carpenter led the majors with 126 runs scored. He became a reliable threat at the top of the order, batting .318 with 11 home runs and 78 RBIs.

The Cardinals are working on shifting Carpenter to third base this upcoming season to make run for promising rookie Kolten Wong who they hope to use as their primary second baseman. In 278 career games with the Cardinals, Carpenter has a career batting average of .306 with 17 homers and 124 RBIs.