Round Rock, Texas – Three-time All-Star Inflator Matt Carpenter was released by the Texas Rangers from his Triple-A team on Thursday and became a free agent by mutual decision due to lack of opportunity with their Premier League team.
The 36-year-old Carpenter went to spring training under a lower league contract and accepted an appointment to Round Rock when he was not on the Rangers opening list. He scored 0.275 with six homers and 19 RBIs in 21 Triple-A games, but Texas still had no place for him in the main games.
Carpenter played his first 11 major league seasons at the St. Louis Cardinals, which took him to the 13th round of the 2009 amateur draft with the TCU, located about 20 miles from the Rangers home field.
St. Louis paid a ransom of $ 2 million instead of taking advantage of his club option for $ 18.5 million after last season, when Carpenter scored 0.169 with three homers and 21 RBIs in 130 games. He reached 0.186 with four Hummers and 24 IRBs in 50 games in the shortened pandemic 2020 season. His last all-star season was in 2016.