Cardinals extend Chris Carpenter's contract

Cards sign Carpenter to five-year contract

KISSIMMEE -- The World Champion St. Louis Cardinals today announced the signing of pitcher Chris Carpenter to a five-year contract extension. The renegotiation and contract agreement solidifies the 2005 Cy Young winner's stature as one of the game's elite pitchers and keeps him in St. Louis through the 2011 season with the Cardinals holding a club option for 2012.

Carpenter finished third in 2006 Cy Young Award balloting as he helped lead the Cardinals to their 10th World Championship and first in 24 years. He finished the season with a 15-8 record and 3.09 ERA and combined to go 3-1 with a 2.78 ERA in five postseason starts. Chris won two games in the Division Series against San Diego, including the series clincher in Game 4, and also pitched 8.0 shutout innings while earning the 5-0 win in Game 3 of the World Series versus Detroit.

"Chris is one of the elite pitchers in all of baseball," said Cardinals Chairman of the Board and General Partner William O. DeWitt. "In addition to becoming just the second Cardinal to win a Cy Young Award (2005), Chris has been the leader of our pitching staff and we are pleased that he will continue in that role for the next five seasons."

In his three seasons with the Cardinals, Carpenter is 51-18 with a 3.10 ERA in 93 starts. The Cardinals are 65-27 (.707) over this span in games that he starts. Chris' 36 wins over the last two seasons are tied for tops in the Majors (Garland, CWS) and his 51 wins since 2004 rank 3rd-best in baseball (55, Oswalt-HOU and Santana-MIN).

"Chris has been a centerpiece in our team's success since the day he arrived," said Cardinals Senior Vice President and General Manager Walt Jocketty. "We are very happy to have Chris under contract for the next five years and we expect him to continue serving as a cornerstone for our organization for many years to come."

The 31-year-old native of New Hampshire ranked first in the National League this season with a 1.81 ERA at home. He spun three shutouts at Busch Stadium, marking back-to-back seasons with three home shutouts - the first pitcher to do so since Roger Clemens in 1987 (4) and 1988 (3) for Boston. Overall, Chris is 23-10 with a 2.38 ERA in 47 career starts in St. Louis. Over his nine-year career, Chris has compiled a lifetime mark of 100-68 with a 4.09 ERA in 245 games pitched. He was named to the N.L. All-Star Team in 2005 & 2006, serving as the N.L. starter in '05.