ST. LOUIS -- Officially, Chris Carpenter has not announced that he is closing the books on a 15-year career that was highlighted by two World Series championship runs and a Cy Young Award in 2005. Every expectation, though, is that Carpenter is set to retire this offseason.
However, that will not necessarily end his association with the organization.
General manager John Mozeliak said he had preliminary discussions with Carpenter in October about a potential future role with the Cardinals. Mozeliak, speaking at a Monday gathering with media, said he has not reached out to Carpenter since the season ended last Wednesday, but that he does intend to revisit those conversations within the next couple of weeks.
"We touched on some things before the season ended," Mozeliak said. "But obviously with everything going on in October, we never really ironed anything out."
Asked several times this season about his future plans, Carpenter said that he wanted to discuss his options with family before making his next commitment. Carpenter, 38, and his family make their home in St. Louis, so proximity would not be an issue if he were to take a job within the front office.
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