Among the three top DH options in this year’s free agent class, Matt Carpenter might be the most intriguing name. That’s because Carpenter is coming off a resurgent year which saw him tear the cover off baseballs as a member of the New York Yankees. Thought it was a small sample size (47 games), Carpenter was red-hot in ’22. The 36-year-old smashed 15 HR and posted a jaw-dropping 1.138 OPS over 128 AB’s. Staying in New York is certainly an option, but the temptation to return to St. Louis where he spent the first 11 years of his career might be too strong. The Cards gave Carpenter a chance even when he was barely hitting over .200 for three straight seasons. They’d likely welcome him with open arms now that he’s rediscovered his power swing.
Prediction: St. Louis Cardinals
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