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  1. Wain and Carp for good value deals. Garcia very affordable even with arbitration. This is looking pretty good for StL. Not sure if they want to resign Jackson or explore Buehrle, but they probably could for something in the range of 10-14M/y for ~3 years.

    Wonder if some part of this deal allows room for Albert?

    Certainly if Carp was wanting a max deal, he could have waited and saw what NYY and/or BOS might offer.

    All of that sounds great until you realize this …

    The last time the veteran managed 600+ IP over three consecutive seasons, he promptly went and missed two full seasons.

    That’s the scary part. With Carpenter in 2012+, you feel like he’s pitching on borrowed time.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — September 13, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

  2. Halladay isn’t going to k more then 7 per 9 walk less than 2 per 9 and have under a 505 GB rate?

    Comment by Dr. Rockzo — September 13, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

  3. Dark period in his life?

    Wha?

    Comment by Will — September 13, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

  4. Without any inside info, I almost think this deal could be one out of the Cards becoming more insecure about resigning Pujols.

    I fully expected them to let Carp walk in order to free up a bit more cash for Pujols. Now I’m skeptical.

    Comment by TheGrandslamwich — September 13, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

  5. He is and so will Hamels. Should have checked my work again there. Thanks!

    Comment by Eno Sarris — September 13, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

  6. At Fungoes the new contract doesn’t bring much enjoyment.

    Comment by Stefan — September 13, 2011 @ 2:09 pm

  7. IMO, Carp probably cut the Cards a discount. He has told the local media in the past that he truly appreciates the Cardinals giving him another chance and sticking with him after 2007-2008 injury riddled seasons. In fact, this isn’t the first team friendly contract he has agreed to. One could argue he left quite a bit on the table when he agreed to a 5yr/63.5MM contract after the 2006 season. This was after he accumulated WARs of 6.8 and 5.2 in 2005 and 2006. Perhaps this is just his way of thanking the club for sticking with him. Or perhaps he knows the few extra million won’t make a difference in his life and would allow the club to field a better team.

    Comment by BK — September 13, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

  8. He would have probably received 2 years, 26-30 million. He left 5-9 million on the table. He probably feels he owes the Cardinals since he had some injury plagued seasons during his most recent contract. His career earnings is over $100 million. I don’t think he cares about the extra few million at this point.

    Comment by Michael — September 13, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

  9. Was it a team option? Because if so, there’s no guarantee for Carpenter that they’d have picked up that option.

    Comment by AndyS — September 13, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

  10. Garcia was extended earlier in the year. He’ll make 3.25m next year.

    Comment by gnomez — September 13, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

  11. Thankx.

    StL may have a very affordable 15-16 WAR (if not more) with those 3 pitchers.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — September 13, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

  12. You get ever so close to the proper analysis at the beginning, acknowledging the $15m option in the first paragraph, but then proceed to analyse the extension as if it were not there. In the absence of the extension, the Cardinals exercise the option- so what Carpenter is giving up is his contract hopes following next year, not what he could garner on the open market this off-season.

    This results in a trickier analysis, since a great deal can happen in a player’s age-37 season, but it reflects Carpenter’s actual options. Carpenter has made a lot of money over the years, and will do so next year, so we can assume that he isn’t in need of financial security. Let’s say that Carp has a 20% chance of effectively ending his career via injury or utter ineffectiveness next year; and an 80% chance of a relatively full season and maintenance of his underlying skills (with normal age-related decline). Another relatively healthy year would likely yield a median contract on the order of 2/24 (obviously there is a large range here – he could have a rejevenating year and sign 3/35 or a poor year and be faced with something like a 1yr/4m contract). 80% of 12 is 9.6m for the last year on his current extension; the extra year would probably be worth something like 6m over what he can expect to earn via free agency after this extension expires.

    So, I’d say he takes an expected loss of about $15m on this extension.

    Comment by gabriel — September 13, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

  13. That’s what I was thinking (it is a team option)… that option probably depended a bit on Pujols (and what they do with Wainwright)

    While 15mil next year might be a short term win for Carpenter, if his #’s declines or he gets injured he might be looking at a 1 year deal/sub 10mil. If he pitches well he obviously gets a 10+/1yr next offseason or maybe a 2yr deal and he ends up leaving money on the table. The other factor is that there are a lot of top pitchers hitting FA next year (though I imagine a bunch will end up being extended prior to then)

    I think this should almost be viewed as buying out an arbitration year and an additional FA year… yeah it’s not quite the same, but the player is taking below free market money for the first year to get that 2nd year.

    Comment by joe — September 13, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

  14. You make some good points, but you assume that the team would pick up the option for next year. If they truly value him at $21 mill over two seasons, then they wouldn’t have picked up the option, and therefore you have to analyze this as if it were a new deal.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — September 13, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

  15. “In the absence of the extension, the Cardinals exercise the option- so what Carpenter is giving up is his contract hopes following next year, not what he could garner on the open market this off-season.”

    Not quite – if there is no extension, the Cards decline the option and he is a FA this offseason. They did the extension to save themselves money, they were never going to exercise the option.

    Comment by DD — September 13, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

  16. Carpenter clearly knew he was leaving money on the table when he signed this contract. With Carpenter signed below market value, both Carpenter and the organization know they have a legitimate shot to resign Pujols (in another hometown discount). By the time this contract is up he will have made over $80 million of salary over the course of his career and the Cardinals will remain competitive the next two years. It was his call.

    Comment by Ryan — September 13, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

  17. Fair enough- If I’m wrong about the option, I’m wrong overall. But I do think that if 2/30 is roughly his market value, and the Cards are willing to do 2/21, that a 1/15 gets picked up. Maybe the Cardinals anticipate being very constrained (via a Pujols extension) next year, and who knows exactly what they’re thinking…

    Comment by gabriel — September 13, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

  18. He might also be rewarding a team that gave him a wildly foolish 5 year/$63 million extension when they had him under contract for 1 year at $7 million PLUS an $8 million option year.

    If the Cardinals hadn’t signed him to that extension, they would have paid him the $7 million in 2007 when he was injured. Then they would’ve been able to dictate terms considering he was slated to also miss 2008. They probably wasted $50 million right there. That was the same offseason the Cardinals gave Mark Mulder a $13 million extension AFTER he blew his rotator cuff.

    Screw you Jocketty!

    Comment by Jay — September 13, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

  19. Please dude…the Cardinals had him for 2/15 with half of that a team option. Who in their right mind gives 5/63 to a 32 year old pitcher who is legendarily fragile when you have him for 2/15?

    Comment by Jay — September 13, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

  20. Options aren’t picked up based on internal evaluations exclusively. FFS.

    Comment by Garrett — September 13, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

  21. Do you honestly think the Cards wouldn’t pick up a 1y/15m deal when you claim that “plenty” teams would pony up for 2/30?

    You then make comments like this: “You make some good points, but you assume that the team would pick up the option for next year. If they truly value him at $21 mill over two seasons, then they wouldn’t have picked up the option, and therefore you have to analyze this as if it were a new deal.” Which is laughably stupid.

    Please stop.

    Comment by Garrett — September 13, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

  22. Oyah, make that a 1y/14m deal. My mistake.

    Comment by Garrett — September 13, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

  23. Fired up! It’s hard to analyze a deal like this if one of the parties is not acting like they normally would in an open market. Do we assume the Cards only value Carp at two years and 21 mill because that’s how they signed him? Then you get my ‘laughably stupid’ comment. It’s assuming that they signed him where they valued him.

    Or do we assume Carp gave them a hometown discount and signed for an extra year at $6 million? Then you still get money left on the table, just on the second year of the deal instead of the two years.

    Either way, he lost $9 million versus the open market. Call it a one-year $6 million deal when he could have signed for $14-15 that year most likely, or call it a two-year $21 when he could have gotten $30 million.

    Even if some of it is ‘giving back to get the extra year,’ $9 million strikes me as a lot to pay for that extra year of security.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — September 13, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

  24. The Cardinals might have payroll issues that simply prevent them from picking up that option. They’re already in uncharted payroll territory and they need a shortstop, a second baseman and two MVP-caliber sluggers.

    Comment by Jay — September 13, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

  25. Well he managed to exceed $63 mil of value over those years despite missing two. When he signed he was one of the best pitchers in baseball. 5/63 is a pretty damn good deal for a pitcher of that caliber. If he’d stayed healthy it would have been a steal. It was absolutely a favorable deal for the Cardinals at the time.

    Comment by Jerry — September 13, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

  26. They’ve said they’re picking up Wainwright’s option.

    Comment by Jerry — September 13, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

  27. First, I believe he was 31 at the time. Second, he had just completed two healthy seasons. During that stretch he was arguably one of the best pitchers in baseball. He had just amassed a WAR of 12 in those years. 5/63.5 was a bargain for his services.

    Comment by BK — September 13, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

  28. ok well im from st louis and follow the cards very closely. i can tell u there was about a 0% chance that we were exercising the option. sure he might b worth that much to a money rich pitching thin team like the yankees or red sox but not to us. i have also seen carp at a couple blues games. he likes the community and so does his family. carp didnt want to leave so he took a reasonable offer. sure he could have gotten more but happiness also has a price.

    Comment by joel p — September 14, 2011 @ 4:21 am

  29. Depending on how much the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers and Rangers would have thrown at him depending on whether or not the Phillies picked up his 15 million option… I’d guess at least four million over the two year contract. He’s not the Cy Young contender he was from 04-06 and after arm problems in 2009 through last season and turned 36 around 5 months ago.

    Maybe the Yankees offer him 3 years at 36 million but I doubt it. The Rangers would be crazy enough to throw him a deal like that which may have paid off, and the Sox know he’s better than Lackey. So his salary would be a bargain… though it’s likely he gave them a second cheap year due to the fact he basically missed two full seasons and hasn’t had the best year. Plus if he is overpaid, that just makes Pujols signing long-term and the Cards also re-signing Berkman far more difficult. Now they just have to hope Wainwright comes back with no glitches since he was one of the 5 best pitchers in baseball when he got hurt. Carp’s fastball is still sharp, and he was a real ace in his prime and it’s too bad he lost a few seasons in his prime.

    Comment by Kyle — September 14, 2011 @ 8:36 am

  30. Yeah, that assumption is retarded. Signing players at internal valuations without surplus value is idiotic for many teams. Signing players with surplus value may or may not be a good idea, since it depends on the circumstances on how that “value” can be realized. Metrics like WAR suck for this sort of analysis since they fail to understand the unique circumstances (current talent/future talent/payroll/trade ops) that each signing comprises.

    I’m still unsure why you think they wouldn’t pick up the 1y option. You present no case and irrationally simplify the discussion (perhaps so you can participate?) down to this inane article. What is the translation from a 2y deal to a 1y deal for a pitcher with a high risk of injury? You consider it absurd that a 3y deal would be offered, but a 1y option wouldn’t be picked up?

    Does any of this have an impact on the possibility to sign Pujols? Considering he is the key piece of whether they’re a contender next season or not.

    Comment by Garrett — September 14, 2011 @ 9:03 am

  31. “We can’t get into Carpenter’s head and figure out why he did what he did.”

    He wanted to keep playing for the Cardinals, pretty much. No need to make things more complicated than they are.

    Comment by WY — September 29, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

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