Former Quad Cities River Bandits 3B Matt Carpenter has agreed to a six-year, $52 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, for whom he’s played at the major-league level the past two seasons.
The deal includes a team option for a seventh year, in 2020, worth $18.5 million. If the Cardinals decline the option, they will pay Carpenter a $2 million buyout.
Carpenter batted .318 while leading the National League in hits (199), doubles (55) and runs (126) last season, was named to the NL All-Star team, and finished fourth in NL MVP voting. He mostly played second base last season, but is moving back to third base this year.
Carpenter played third base during his 29-game stint with the 2009 River Bandits. He batted .295 and drove in 10 runs during those 29 games.
Buxton homers off Hutchison
Click here to watch video of top Minnesota Twins prospect Byron Buxton homering off Toronto Blue Jays RHP Drew Hutchison, who pitched for the Lansing Lugnuts in 2010 (five games) and 2011 (14 games).
Buxton batted .341 with 8 HR, 55 RBI and 32 SB in 68 games with the 2013 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He was later named Midwest League MVP and Prospect of the Year.
In the 19 games he started for the Lugnuts, Hutchison went 7-4 with a 2.35 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 95.2 IP.