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MLB Storylines: Carpenter close to signing extension with Cards

MLB Storylines: Carpenter close to signing extension with Cards
St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter (13) on the field against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning in game four of the National League divisional series at PNC Park. The Cardinals won 2-1. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
March 7, 2014
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In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI.

Here are the stories from Thursday, March 6th.

Top Stories:

  • Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is close to signing an extension. Carpenter is under club control through 2017 and the extension would buy out two free agent seasons. It's believed that the extension is worth between $50-55 million if it's completed. 

Tribe News:

  • Rosenthal also wrote a piece wondering how the Indians could possibly say no to Justin Masterson's proposed extension. Rosenthal's sources told him that Masterson is seeking a three-year extension on top of his current deal at an average annual salary around $17-18 million.
  • Jordan Bastian of reported that Shaun Marcum remains limited to bullpen sessions for the Indians. The non-roster invitee is scheduled to throw off a mound again on Saturday.
  • Danny Salazar is slated to log one inning in a game environment on Friday morning. He will pitch in an intrasquad "B" game at Cleveland's complex.

News and Notes:

  • Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has changed agents, hiring Adam Katz and Andy Mota of Wasserman Media Group.
  • Jon Heyman of wrote that the teams still in touch with Ervin Santana include the Mariners, Orioles, Rockies, Rangers, and Blue Jays.
  • Jim Hawkins of reported that Cole Hamels' scheduled throwing session was canceled yesterday as he was reported feeling a fatigued arm that wouldn't allow him to go through the throwing motion as he normally would. It's now believed he will miss the entire month of April.
  • Rosenthal also reported that James Shields and the Royals are not likely to work out an extension. If Justin Masterson were to sign his extension, it would surely benefit Shields on the open market.

User Comments

March 7, 2014 - 12:56 PM EST
The Indians wont sign Masterson at 17- 18 mil per year especially with attendance below 2 mil per year. The discount is in years not money. If Masterson wants 17-18 per year he should not have a no trade clause in order to give the Indians flexibility.
March 7, 2014 - 9:24 AM EST
Going to be interseting to see if that Carpenter deal affects Kipnis talks at all. 6yr/$50M seems doable IMO though you may be able to get him a little cheaper. Interesting if Carp is considered a 2B still or a 3B for this deal. Haven't seem many big deals for non-arby eligible 2Bs...can't find any examples actually (Utley was arby eligible I think when he signed his big deal?).

Also of note...nearly 4 years ago to the day Justin Upton signed his 6yr/$51.25M deal and nearly 2 years ago to the day Andrew McCutchen signed his 6yr/$51.5M deal...
March 7, 2014 - 9:12 AM EST
3 years at $17-18M just doesn't seem like that great of a deal for the Tribe IMO with regards to Masterson. Not saying it's terrible but really if that's what he wants it's not a hometown discount, especially if his real motive is to reach free agency again after the CBA expires and the QO system may (or may not) be revised.

3 years should be very enticing to the Tribe though, get that the years are a bit of a "discount" but only once in his career has Masterson been worth at least $17M (2011)...don't think it's a discount to give him an AAV of $17-18M. Yeah guys like Sanchez and Bailey got that but Sanchez was better than Masterson and was a free agent with no draft pick attached since he was dealt mid-season (don't understand why he keeps getting compared to Masterson) and Bailey is younger and has been better each of the past two seasons.

$15-16M is more reasonable for what Masterson's market value should be (and even that may be too high). Can't see him getting more than that on the open market, not when comparable pitchers like Ubaldo, Jackson, Nolasco, Garza, etc are getting less than $13M AAV.

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