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Top Matt Carpenter News

  • Rangers' Matt Carpenter: Accepts minor-league assignment

    Carpenter said Sunday that he plans to report to Triple-A Round Rock with the hope of earning a call-up to the Rangers down the road, Kennedi Landry of reports.

    After his production at the plate declined considerably over his final three seasons in St. Louis, Carpenter was forced to settle for a minor-league deal when he reached an agreement with the Rangers in March. The 36-year-old reworked his swing in the offseason with the hope of re-emerging as a big-league-caliber player, and though he wasn't rewarded with a spot on the Rangers' Opening Day roster, he's optimistic that he'll eventually force the organization's hand by performing well at Round Rock. The affiliate is only a few hours away from Carpenter's offseason home in Fort Worth, which likely explains why the three-time All-Star is willing to slum it in the minors at this point in his career.

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  • Rangers' Matt Carpenter: Can't crack Opening Day roster

    The Rangers informed Carpenter on Sunday that he won't be included on their Opening Day roster, independent baseball journalist Jeff Wilson reports.

    Texas will likely formally reassign Carpenter to minor-league camp in the coming days, but it's unclear if a player with his level of experience in the majors will be willing to report to Triple-A Round Rock to begin the season. Since he swatted a career-high 36 home runs in 2018, the longtime Cardinals infielder's production fell off swiftly during his final three seasons in St. Louis, with Carpenter submitting a .671 OPS and 87 wRC+ over that stretch. Now 36 years old and with little defensive utility to offer at this stage of his career, Carpenter may struggle to get another look in the majors.

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  • Rangers' Matt Carpenter: Joins Rangers as non-roster invitee

    Carpented signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    While the Rangers made a handful of big additions this offseason, their roster still has plenty of spots up for grabs. Carpenter will presumably be looking to win a bench infield role. There's not a lot left in the 36-year-old's bat, however, as he's been below-average according to wRC+ for three straight seasons. Last year, he hit just .169/.305/.275 while striking out 30.9 percent of the time.

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  • Matt Carpenter: Option declined

    Carpenter became a free agent Thursday after the Cardinals declined his 2022 team option, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    Carpenter spent 11 seasons in St. Louis, hitting .262/.368/.449 with 155 homers. He's been a below-average hitter for three straight years and has failed to clear the Mendoza Line in the last two, however, so it's unsurprising to see the team doesn't want to bring him back for his age-36 campaign. Even if the universal designated hitter arrives and opens up 15 more jobs for position players in the National League, Carpenter may still find it tough to secure a major-league contract this winter.

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  • Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Comes through as pinch hitter

    Carpenter entered Monday's win over the Brewers as a pinch hitter in the top of the seventh inning, lacing a double and subsequently scoring in his one plate appearance.

    Carpenter made a pinch-hit appearance for the third straight game and sixth in the last seven overall. His two-bagger to lead off the seventh was his second double in the last three games, a rare taste of offensive success in a season that's seen the veteran produce an abysmal .175 average and .289 slugging percentage across 232 plate appearances.

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  • Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Draws rare start

    Carpenter will start at third base and bat fifth Monday against the Dodgers.

    Carpenter will pick up his first start since Aug. 14 while everyday third baseman Nolan Arenado gets a rare day off. While filling a bench role exclusively over the past three weeks, Carpenter has picked up only 13 plate appearances, going hitless with five strikeouts and three walks.

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  • Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Produces as pinch hitter

    Carpenter knocked a go-ahead RBI double as a pinch hitter in a win over the Royals on Saturday.

    The veteran has now hit safely in three straight games, with two of those coming in a pinch-hit capacity. The extra-base hit was also Carpenter's first since July 18, and his season slash line sits at a crooked .200/.328/.325.

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  • Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Gets chance at DH

    Carpenter will serve as the designated hitter and bat eighth Tuesday against Cleveland.

    Playing time has been hard to come by of late for Carpenter, but thanks to the DH being available in Cleveland, he'll enter the starting nine for the first time in seven games. For the second season in a row, Carpenter is hitting below the Mendoza Line (.188), and he's striking out at a career-worst 31.5 percent rate.

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  • Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Collects two RBI

    Carpenter went 1-for-2 with a two-RBI triple and a walk during Monday's 5-3 win at San Francisco.

    The veteran infielder brought home the first runs of the contest during the seventh inning with a two-run triple, which is his first three-bagger of the season. Carpenter has a .182/.314/.311 slash line with three homers, 19 RBI and 12 runs in 159 plate appearances this season.

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  • Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Rare multi-hit effort

    Carpenter went 2-for-4 with a run in a loss to the Rockies on Sunday.

    Carpenter drew the start at second base and operated out of the cleanup spot, and he came through with one of only two multi-hit efforts for the Cardinals on the day. The veteran hadn't managed more than a single hit in a contest since May 30, and although he's shown some modest signs of life at the plate during his scant opportunities in recent weeks, his season average remains an abysmal .177 across 156 plate appearances.

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  • Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: On bench versus righty

    Carpenter is out of the lineup for the first game of Sunday's doubleheader with Atlanta.

    The lefty-hitting Carpenter will be on the bench for the fourth time in six games, despite a right-hander (Bryse Wilson) being on the hill for Atlanta. Carpenter is no lock to rejoin the lineup for the nightcap with southpaw Drew Smyly starting for Atlanta, and at this point, the 35-year-old may have lost out on primary duties at the keystone to Edmundo Sosa.

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  • Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: On bench against lefty

    Carpenter is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Marlins, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

    Carpenter isn't lighting the world on fire with a .764 OPS through his first 11 games of June, but the improved production at the plate is good enough to guarantee him a regular starting role at second base for the time being. The Cardinals could still choose to withhold the lefty-hitting Carpenter from the lineup against southpaws, which will be the case Monday with lefty Braxton Garrett on the hill for Miami. Edmundo Sosa will get the nod at the keystone, ending a streak of five consecutive starts for Carpenter.

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  • Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Starting to click at plate

    Carpenter is hitting .348 (8-for-23) with five doubles, six RBI, three walks and two runs across his last 10 games.

    The veteran's latest taste of offensive success came Wednesday against Cleveland, when he laced a first-inning bases-loaded double that plated all three runners. It was Carpenter's second multi-RBI effort of the last three contests, and he's managed to raise his average 51 points to .184 during the aforementioned 10-game stretch. Carpenter's on-base percentage has now climbed to .319 as well thanks in large part to his 14.3 percent walk rate, and he's drawn starts in six games during his hot streak.

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  • Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Timely knock as pinch hitter

    Carpenter entered Sunday's loss to the Reds in the sixth inning as a pinch hitter, lacing a two-run double and scoring a run in one plate appearance.

    The veteran is slowly but surely starting to string some success together at the plate, as he's now reached safely in four consecutive games. Carpenter's gradual surge actually dates further back, as he's slashing .304/.385/.522 with five doubles, three RBI, three walks and three runs across the 26 plate appearances he's logged in the last 11 contests.

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  • Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Sits after three straight starts

    Carpenter is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds.

    Carpenter had started each of the Cardinals' last three games -- twice at second base and once at first base -- but he'll take a seat in the series finale while Tommy Edman returns to the keystone. Edman could end up seeing more time in right field for the foreseeable future while both Harrison Bader (rib) and Justin Williams (neck) are on the injured list, so Carpenter could have a path to semi-regular work at second base in the short term.

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  • Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Another multi-hit effort Sunday

    Carpenter went 2-for-4 with two doubles in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

    Operating out of the leadoff spot for the first time all season, Carpenter came through with his second and third doubles of his last two starts. The struggling veteran has actually boosted his batting average 38 points with his pair of multi-hit efforts in that span, but his season slash line still sits at an unacceptable .151/.292/.304 across 96 plate appearances.

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  • Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Multiple firsts Tuesday

    Carpenter served as the designated hitter in an interleague loss to the White Sox on Tuesday and went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run.

    It's a testament to how difficult the 2021 season has been for Carpenter that Tuesday's production resulted in both his first double and first multi-hit effort of the campaign. The struggling veteran did not make the starting nine for Wednesday's matinee against Chicago, but he did draw back-to-back starts -- the former at first base -- in the first two games of the series.

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  • Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: No improvement in May

    Carpenter is slashing .100/.280/.100 with only two singles and five walks over the 25 plate appearances covering his 12 game appearances in May.

    The struggling veteran had shown a burst of life by homering in back-to-back games as a pinch hitter to close out April, but that proved to be just a flash of success that quickly vanished. Carpenter has drawn only four starts during the current month, and with good reason -- he currently seems incapable of snapping out of a funk that dates back to the beginning of the 2020 campaign. Carpenter's .111 BABIP certainly isn't helping, but both a 54.1 percent flyball rate and career-worst 32.5 percent strikeout rate are equal culprits. Ironically, Carpenter's most impressive performance to date in May came on the mound Saturday night against the Padres -- the 35-year-old fired 1.1 scoreless innings during which he allowed just a pair of singles to close out the blowout loss.

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  • Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Homers again as pinch hitter

    Carpenter blasted a pinch-hit three-run home run in Friday's 7-3 win over the Pirates.

    Carpenter has now homered as a pinch hitter in each of the last two contests, as he provided the Cardinals with some insurance with his three-run shot in the top of the sixth inning Friday. The 35-year-old hasn't started in any of the last five games and is now hitting .116 with three home runs, 10 RBI and seven runs this season.

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  • Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Smacks second homer

    Carpenter slugged a pinch-hit three-run home run in Thursday's win over the Phillies.

    Carpenter turned a one-run deficit into a two-run lead with a long ball off Aaron Nola, the veteran's second homer this season. The batted-ball numbers point to a lot of bad luck for Carpenter early on, but the lack of production has eaten into his time regardless. His last start for St. Louis was back on April 23.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 215 lbs
Birthplace: Galveston, TX
Age: 36
School: TCU
Experience: 10
Bats/Throws: L, R