Carpenter Clarifies Trade Comments

Chris Carpenter confirmed to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he wouldn’t prevent the Cardinals from trading him and added that he doesn’t expect or hope for a trade. The right-hander says the Cardinals are a contender, so he doesn’t think GM John Mozeliak will look to sell.

"For them to come to me about [a trade] would suggest our team is out of it and they wanted to go in another direction," Carpenter said. "I certainly don't see that being the case. I think we've got a great shot not just to win this division but to get to the World Series. That's my expectation and I think it's what everybody in here expects.”

The Cardinals, who lost Adam Wainwright to Tommy John surgery, have a 2012 option for Carpenter worth $15MM. Albert Pujols becomes a free agent after the season and holding onto Carpenter and Pujols won’t be easy. 

Pujols will presumably cost upwards of $200MM and the Cardinals’ payroll is not big enough to sustain a $30MM player without cutting costs elsewhere. Cardinals sources suggest to Strauss that the team is unlikely to increase payroll from the $100MM range to $115MM in 2012. 

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8 Comments on "Carpenter Clarifies Trade Comments"

4 years 5 months ago

Why don’t more teams and GMS just withhold information, instead of spreading falsehoods?

Rick Garcia
4 years 5 months ago

It is going to be very interesting to watch the Cardinals front office work this year. A definite test of skills for them.

4 years 5 months ago

Probably let all three walk and start over – then have money to spend

4 years 5 months ago

Pujols is going to buy himself out of baseball. Any team would be crazy to pay that kind of money.

4 years 5 months ago

Fortunately for Pujols, “crazy” and “MLB owner” are terms that go together like chocolate and peanut butter.

4 years 5 months ago

Rumor has it Carpenter left the game today under trainer escourt. Let the bidding for Puljos begin!!!!!!!!

4 years 5 months ago

I wouldn’t be suprised if the cards fall out of contention and decide to ship him off to the Yankees, that is if they don’t solve their pitching problems before the trade deadline.

4 years 5 months ago

The cardinals are off to a terrible start with Pujols and the constant injuries of Wainwright, Punto, Fresse, Boggs, and now rumors of Carpenter being hurt; this doesn’t look like its going to be a good year.