Injuries forced Chris Carpenter into retirement back in November, but he’s still going to have a presence with the Cardinals.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said this morning that Carpenter is “unofficially onboard” to join the team’s front office. We first heard about the possibility prior to his retirement, but an agreement was reached following a meeting earlier this month.
Carpenter doesn’t have an official job title yet, as his exact duties are still being ironed out, but Mozeliak said that he is interested in certain aspects of the front office and scouting. The former Cy Young Award winner is expected to have a role during spring training.
Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros and reliever Ryan Pressly are close to finalizing a two-year, $17.5 million contract extension, which will also include a third-year vesting club option. Rome notes that the extension is believed to be the largest, in terms of both total money and average annual value, for a reliever who is not a closer.
Pressly, 30, agreed to a $2.9 million salary for the 2019 season back in January, avoiding arbitration in his final year of eligibility. The Astros acquired Pressly from the Twins near the end of July in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers. Pressly posted a 3.40 ERA in 47 2/3 innings with the Twins and a 0.77 ERA in 23 1/3 innings with the Astros. In the playoffs, Pressly allowed just one run on one hit and three walks with seven strikeouts across five innings of work.
Along with Héctor Rondón, Pressly will once again help bridge the gap to closer Roberto Osuna.