According to reports in the International Herald Tribune, the St. Louis Cardinals are desperate for a closer and could use Chris Carpenter in that role.
The Cardinals were purusing the same agents as the Mets and almost ever other team who needed a closer, K-Rod, Brian Fuentes, and Trevor Hoffman. The first two have since signed elsewhere and have cooled off on bringing in Hoffman.
Instead, they are looking to convert a pitcher they already have to be a closer. Since Carpenter has been injured often, Tony LaRussa feels he would be better as a closer. He said, “We want Chris pitching for us, and if I was told he couldn’t be healthy throwing 100 pitches every five days and he could be a reliever, I’d take him as a reliever.”