The St Louis Cardinals have opened discussions with third baseman Matt Carpenter over a long-term contract extension, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak has reportedly confirmed that he has approached Carpenter's agent over talks but has refused to elaborate on how advanced those talks are.
There is no report of the potential length of value of the contract but, according to CBS Sports, the $31m, five-year extension given to Allen Craig last March could serve as a marker in the deal with Carpenter.
Craig has hit big numbers in line with Carpenter's 2013 season, which saw him finish fourth in the National League MVP vote and earned him an All-Star game berth.
Carpenter hit .318/.392/.481 with 11 home runs last season, leading the whole of MLB in hits with 199, runs with 126 and doubles with 55.
The 28-year-old will be eligible for arbitration next winter if a new deal goes unsigned but does not qualify for free agency until 2018.
All signs point towards a long discussion between both parties with no need to rush.
Carpenter played second base last season but will move back to his natural third base to cover for the recently-departed David Freese.
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