Cards announce extension for Carpenter

The St. Louis Cardinals announced Tuesday year contract extension through the 2013 season.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the deal is worth about $21 million.

Carpenter is pitching in his eighth season with the Cardinals after six mediocre years to start his career in Toronto. He is 9-9 with a 3.75 earned run average in 30 starts this season. He was 1-7 to start the campaign.

"The Cardinals organization and the St. Louis fans have made my family and I feel very much a part of the Cardinals family since Day 1," said Carpenter. "I am thrilled to know that I will remain part of this great organization over the next two seasons and hopefully in the days beyond my playing career."

The 36-year-old right-hander won a Cy Young with St. Louis in 2005 and helped the Cardinals to the 2006 World Series title. He was 21-5 with a 2.83 earned run average during his Cy Young season and 15-8 with a 3.09 ERA the following year.

He struggled through two years of elbow problems before returning to form in 2009. Carpenter was 17-4 in '09 and finished as the runner-up in the Cy Young balloting. The three-time All-Star was 16-9 last season.

In 343 career games, including 325 starts, Carpenter has a mark of 142-92 with a 3.79 ERA.