Cardinals announce two-year, $21 million contract extension with Chris Carpenter

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Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported late Sunday night that Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals had agreed to a two-year, $21 million contract extension and now it’s official.

General manager John Mozeliak has called a press conference to announce the deal, which takes the place of Carpenter’s $15 million team option or $1 million buyout for 2012 and will keep the former Cy Young winner in St. Louis through his age-38 season.

Carpenter’s current 3.75 ERA is his highest since joining the Cardinals in 2003, but he ranks fourth among NL pitchers with 206 innings and has the league’s ninth-best FIP at 3.13. Making multi-year commitments to any pitcher Carpenter’s age is a risk, but this is a no-brainer move for the Cardinals as they enter an offseason full of crucial decisions.

Let’s end spring training now, you guys

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There’s a saying that goes “nothing good ever happens after 2AM.” It can also be said that nothing good ever happens after, say, week 5 or 6 of spring training.

Today, for instance, are a lot of inconsequential games. Those are neutral. Then there are a rash of these sorts of incidents which just went down today, all of which are bad:

Archer seems to be OK for now. Moncada walked off his thing and went back into the game. We’re still waiting to hear on Bumgarner and Ichiro. If there is anything serious with them we’ll update as we learn things.

But really, guys: Spring Training is too long. Even in a year like this one, when it’s a tad shorter than usual because of an early start to the regular season. Everyone who was gonna get their timing down well enough to make a big league roster has already done so. If someone isn’t healthy and in playing shape now, they’re not gonna be six days from now for Opening Day. The cake, as they say, is baked.

All that can happen is possessed-by-the-devil baseballs attacking unsuspecting players and injuring them in meaningless exhibitions. Let’s cease all baseball now until the regular season starts. Out of an abundance of caution.