Arenado sees big things for Carpenter

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JUPITER, Fla. — Nolan Arenado has known Matt Carpenter for a long time and one thing the Cardinals’ third baseman thinks he knows is that the former third baseman will be heard from this season.

After Arenado’s first official workout as a Cardinal Monday, he said on a Zoom conference that “Carp’s a great player and he’s done some great things in this game. He’s going to be a big part of this group.

“We need him. We need him to be who he is and we need him on this team. I’m excited to play with him,” said Arenado.

“We’re going to push each other at third. He’s going to play a little bit at second, a little bit at first. He’s going to help us win ball games, there’s no doubt about that.

“He’s going to have a position and he’s going to help us win a lot of games this year.”

Arenado has been slotted in a hitting group with Carpenter and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and he has been talking both baseball and life with the pair.

With Goldschmidt, Arenado has been picking the first baseman’s brain on how it was to adjust to a new team after spending eight or so years with another team as Arenado did with Colorado and Goldschmidt did with Arizona until he came here in 2019.

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, left, and third baseman Nolan Arenado…

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