Cardinals sign Mike Matheny to 3-year extension

ST. LOUIS ( - Citing the on-field success manager Mike Matheny has helped provide the Cardinals in his two seasons and the continuity he has brought the team since his playing days, the Cardinals announced on Wednesday that they have signed him to a three-year contract extension.

With Matheny already under contract for next season, this new deal keeps him in a Cardinals uniform through 2017.

"I've always taken the position that the best way to operate a franchise and maintain continuity is to maintain the core personnel responsible for our success," Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said at a news conference at Busch Stadium. "Whether it's on-field, front office, elsewhere, we've tried to do that through the years and this is another example of that."

Matheny was joined at the dais by DeWitt and general manager John Mozeliak, who also announced Wednesday that veteran Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter is retiring. The right-hander has pitched just three times in the last two years because of injuries, but Mozeliak said Wednesday that the team hopes Carpenter will remain with the franchise in some capacity.

Five of Matheny's 13 big league seasons came in St. Louis, where he won three of his four Gold Gloves. When Tony La Russa retired following the 2011 season, Matheny took over and led the Cardinals to the National League Championship Series in his first year.