February 3, 2023

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Yankees sign infielder Matt Carpenter

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The New York Yankees announced on Thursday that they have signed three-time All-Star infielder Matt Carpenter to a Major League contract and added him to the active roster.

Carpenter, 36, has batted .262 (1,153-for-4,403) with 752R, 301 doubles, 28 triples, 155HR, 576RBI, 699BB and 27SB in 1,329 games over parts of 11 Major League seasons, all with the St. Louis Cardinals (2011-21). The left-handed hitter has appeared defensively at third base (671G/623GS), first base (333G/254GS), second base (246G/229GS), right field (19G/11GS) and left field (7G/3GS) in his career.

In 21 games with Triple-A Round Rock in the Texas Rangers organization this season, Carpenter batted .275 (22-for-80) with 15R, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 6HR, 19RBI, 14BB and 1SB before being released on May 19. He was signed by Texas to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League spring training on March 19. In 2021, Carpenter batted .169 (35-for-207) with 18R, 11 doubles, 1 triple, 3HR, 21RBI, 35BB and 2SB in 130 games with the Cardinals, appearing defensively at second base (34G/29GS), first base (14G/9GS) and third base (6G/4GS).

An All-Star in 2013-14 and ’16, Carpenter ranks among Cardinals all-time leaders in walks (sixth), doubles (13th), home runs (13th) and extra-base hits (13th, 484). In 2013, he finished fourth in the NL MVP voting and won the NL Silver Slugger award at second base after recording a Major League-leading 126R and 55 doubles, while batting .318 (199-for-626) with 7 triples, 11HR, 78RBI and 72BB in 157 games. Over a six-year span from 2013-18, he led the Majors in doubles (241) and ranked second runs scored (609, second in NL). He collected at least 100 runs scored in three of those seasons (2013, ’15 and ’18), one of only nine players to accomplish the feat over that span.

In 166 career games against American League opponents, Carpenter has batted .304/.400/.556 (178-for-585) with 110R, 47 doubles, 5 triples, 30HR, 97RBI and 85BB. His .469 (30-for-64) career batting average with the bases loaded is currently the second-best in the Majors since 1974.

Carpenter has appeared in the playoffs six times in his career (2012-15, ’19-20), batting .228 (36-for-158) with 24R, 9 doubles, 1 triple, 6HR, 21RBI and 17BB in 50 career postseason games. He made the Cardinals’ 2021 NL Wild Card roster but did not play.

The Galveston, Tex., native was originally selected by the Cardinals in the 13th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas Christian University.

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