ST. LOUIS -- Nearly 11 months after general manager John Mozeliak announced that Chris Carpenter would move into a front-office role with the Cardinals, Mozeliak confirmed that Carpenter will not be returning to the organization next season.
The separation, Mozeliak explained, was amicable and entirely Carpenter's choice. It was not surprising, either, as Carpenter told Mozeliak as early as last summer that it was doubtful he'd return in the same capacity for another season.
"I think in Carp's case, he wasn't ready to truly commit to the job," Mozeliak said on Wednesday. "For all of you who know Chris Carpenter, it's all-in or he prefers to be all-out."
Carpenter, whose 15-year Major League career ended after he couldn't return from injury in 2013, never had a defined role, which was by design, Mozeliak explained. Instead, Mozeliak intended to have Carpenter get some experience in various areas of baseball operations, scouting and development. Carpenter dabbled in each this year, but he never found the right fit.
"Frankly, when we go out and hire ex-players for the Cardinals, a lot of times it's a developmental opportunity," Mozeliak said. "We try not to necessarily have a set job description where we're very stern in keeping to it. We're open-minded. We know this is an adjustment for players after they're done playing. All these things are something that's very fluid, but we're trying to find the right fits for their talents and how they can help our organization."
In contrast to Carpenter, another former Cardinals pitcher, Jason Isringhausen, has expressed interest in increasing his role within the organization. Isringhausen visited Spring Training last March as a guest instructor and assisted at the Minor League level in 2014. He'll likely be more involved helping young pitchers in the farm system next year.
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