The San Diego Padres made a move and signed a three-time NL All-Star on Tuesday.
On Tuesday afternoon, the club revealed Carpenter’s signing on Twitter. The team announced, “The Padres have signed Matt Carpenter to a one-year contract through the 2023 season.”
The #Padres have signed Matt Carpenter to a one-year contract through the 2023 season.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) December 20, 2022
Carpenter spent 11 seasons previously in the NL with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he enjoyed a bevy of success. He won a World Series championship in his first season with the club. Then he was selected to three All-Star teams: 2023, 2014, and 2016.
In 2022, Carpenter slugged 15 bombs with the Yankees in a surprisingly good season. 2022 marked the first time since 2019 that he hit 10+ home runs. Fittingly, he hit exactly 15 with the Cardinals in 2019.
In his career, Carpenter has struggled at PETCO Park as a visitor against the Padres. According to Baseball-Reference, in 74 plate appearances, he’s hit .188/.284/.297 with one home run, two doubles, 25 strikeouts, and nine walks. But 74 plate appearances amassed is hardly a large sample, of course.
Carpenter spoke to San Diego-area reporters after he signed with the team. Marty Caswell of San Diego Sports 760 tweeted, “Matt Carpenter ‘it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see what’s going on in San Diego is pretty special.'”
Matt Carpenter "it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see what's going on in San Diego is pretty special. " pic.twitter.com/xTSaDn3gIS
— Marty Caswell (@MartyCaswell) December 21, 2022
As it pertains to the ‘stache? Carpenter says that it’s definitely not going anywhere yet, not until ‘the ride’ ends for TCU at least.