What will be the fate of Matt Carpenter (37)?
On the 19th (Korean time), MLB.com, the official homepage of Major League Baseball, introduced several players who are still in the free agent market. Double Carpenter was also named. The media cited Carpenter as a real free agent, saying, “The 37-year-old Carpenter had a 1.139 OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) before suffering an injury.”
He is the Carpenter who wrote the room birth myth this year. Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 399th overall pick in the 13th round of the 2009 draft, Carpenter made his big league debut in 2011. And he developed into St. Louis’ starting second baseman after playing for the same team for 11 years.
Since then, Carpenter, who has grown steadily, has stood tall as a hitter representing St. Louis. In the 2013 season, he topped the National League in hits with 199 hits, and in the 2018 season, he surpassed his first 30 home run mark since his debut with 36 home runs. Carpenter performed so well that he was selected as an All-Star three times.
But he couldn’t get over the years. He showed signs of aging little by little, and his batting average fluctuated in the first half of the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Eventually, Carpenter parted ways with St. Louis. Ahead of this season, he signed a contract with the Texas Rangers and tried to revive it, but he was notified of the release again and became a wanderer. 메이저사이트
At this time, the New York Yankees took Carpenter’s hand. Carpenter, who signed a minor league contract and wore a pinstripe uniform, returned to the big leagues on May 27th. And he hit a home run and made a comeback. He also set a great record. Carpenter hit his 13th home run on July 17 against the Boston Red Sox. He became the seventh big leaguer since 1900 to hit 13 home runs in his first 30 games for a team.
Carpenter led the Yankees on a high streak, but he wept over the injury. On August 8, against the Seattle Mariners, he suffered a fracture in his left foot after being hit by a foul ball. In the end, Carpenter left a final score of 39 hits, 15 homers, 37 RBIs in 47 games this season, a batting average of 0.305, a slugging percentage of 0.727, and an OPS of 1.139.
Carpenter, whose contract with the Yankees ended, became a free agent and is looking for a new team. Due to his not-so-young age, he hasn’t been able to sign a contract yet. However, it is clear that he is a coveted resource for teams that expect ‘low risk, high return’. I wonder if Carpenter will be able to play again next year.