What if soon-to-be-retired Chris Carpenter stayed with Blue Jays?

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter. (REUTERS file photo)

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter. (REUTERS file photo)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:02 PM ET

Chris Carpenter won't make another comeback next spring.

His agent send out an e-mail earlier this month. Carpenter will take off his St. Louis Cardinals uniform a final time when the 109th World Series ends. The 38-year-old right-hander has not pitched since early in the 2012 season because of what was diagnosed as thoracic outlet syndrome, and still gets a tingling sensation down his arm every time he throws.

When Blue Jays fans hear the name Carpenter, they can't help but wonder: 'What if?'

What if, in the final week of the 2002 season when the injured Carpenter said he would re-sign for the minimum salary for 2003, Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said yes?

Carpenter logged 1,348 innings in 198 starts winning 95 games for the Cardinals after Tommy John surgery.


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