The Padres added some punch to their lineup Tuesday, reportedly agreeing to a two-year, $12MM contract with the veteran infielder/outfielder. Matt Carpenter. Carpenter, a client of SSG Baseball, can opt out of his contract after the 2023 season by opting out of the 2024 player option. The contract pays Carpenter a $3MM signing bonus and $3.5MM salary for the 2023 campaign and is subject to a $5.5MM player option next summer. In addition, it is said that he can get a bonus of 500 thousand dollars for attending 300, 350, 400, 450, 500 and 550 plans in each of the two seasons.

Carpenter, who turned 37 last month, enjoyed one of the most impressive resurgence campaigns of the season. A three-time All-Star with the Cardinals, Carpenter appeared to be on a downward spiral in 2020-21 as he posted a combined .176/.313/.291 batting line in 418 plate appearances with St.Louis.

Last season, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal details The way Carpenter reinvented himself, hitting the data-driven approach and getting feedback from the likes. Joey Votto, Matt Holliday And as a personal hitting coach revamps his swing and overall approach at the plate. The Rangers were interested in signing him to a minor league contract.

We often see veterans making changes late in their careers, but few have achieved the level of success they have enjoyed as carpenters. After hitting .275/.379/.613 in 21 games with the Rangers at Triple-A, Carpenter was released by Texas and signed a major league deal with the Yankees, for which he had a borderline ridiculous .305/.412/.727 slash. Carpenter crushed 15 home runs on 154 plate appearances, and, aided somewhat by the size of Yankee Stadium, he still popped six of those walk-ons and hit .253/.333/.506 on the road.

Simply put β€” and in spectacular fashion β€” Carpenter was baseball’s best hitter at a reasonable price in 2022 (Minute 100 Plate View). He led all of baseball in slugging percentage, slugging power (batting average minus slugging) and wRC+(217), was second only to Aaron Judge in on-base percentage, and posted the 12th-best batting average. Game. Carpenter’s rate of “barrel” balls (as defined by Statcast) was excellent, and his average exit velocity and hard hit rate were both comfortably north of league average. There’s no realistic way to expect him to continue that pace, but Carpenter has clearly put himself on the map as a major league slugger.

Unfortunately for both the team and the player, Carpenter sprained his ankle in early August, completely wiping out the remainder of the regular season. The predictably rusty Carpenter jumped right onto the Yankees’ playoff roster but went 1-for-12 with a shocking nine strikeouts between the ALDS and ALCS.

In 2022, the Yankees will play both corner infield positions and both corner outfield positions, but with the Padres, Carpenter will be the preferred choice for the DH job. In the year A job limited to 2021 was not pretty, to say the least. However, it can be used as an alternative in an emergency.

The deal with Carpenter would pay the Padres more than $246MM ​​in real money through the 2023 season, and put their luxury tax bill at nearly $267MM. Planned by Roster Resource. The Padres are well into the second tier of penalties and are taxed at 62% on every dollar in the second bracket (253MM to 273MM) as they enter their third straight season on the luxury line. . So Carpenter will cost them an additional $3.72 million in taxes for the 2023 campaign.

AJ Cassavell of MLB.com First reported The two sides have reached an agreement with a 2024 player option. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported the terms and financial details (Twitter Links).



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