Retired pitcher Carpenter to join front office

Retired pitcher Carpenter to join front office

ST. LOUIS -- General manager John Mozeliak confirmed on Saturday that Chris Carpenter will join the front office this season in a to-be-determined role. Carpenter, who did not speak with the media after his Winter Warm-Up appearance, had expressed an interest in remaining with the organization once his playing career ended.

He officially retired in November.

Carpenter's new role, which has not yet been titled, will not be a uniformed one. Rather, he'll get an introduction to various front-office and scouting duties by working with Mozeliak and other members of the baseball operations staff.

"We're going to try to come up with the curriculum for him that allows him to get exposure to the different elements of our front office. I welcome that," Mozeliak said. "I've known him a long time, and I think his insights could be valuable. I think the key is, how do we harness it? How do we come up with something that isn't too overwhelming in the first month or year, but also keeps him interested?"

Carpenter will spend some time in Jupiter, Fla., during Spring Training to participate in a training program the Cardinals host for their young scouts. The transition into a front-office job is made easier by the fact that Carpenter has made St. Louis his home.

Once Mozeliak finalizes the job description, the organization will officially announce the staff addition.

"Obviously, i's need to be dotted and t's need to be crossed," Mozeliak said, "but he's excited to do something and we want him to do something."

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.