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Carpenter's $10.5M decision leaves irks some fans

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08:15 AM ET 02.12 | In the eyes of many, Chris Carpenter's refusal to officially retire has more to do with holding out hope than anything else. Unless there's a baseball (and medical) miracle, [Carpenter] won't pitch for the Cardinals this season. And he's probably done for his career. The Cardinals owe Carpenter a guaranteed $10.5 million this year and he'll collect the money unless he relinquished it by formally retiring. I wouldn't expect Carpenter to retire now. ... The reality of Carpenter being paid $10.5 million this season has caused a mild outbreak of sourness on the Internet, with a small minority of fans calling Carpenter "greedy" and demanding that he retire and give the Cardinals a chance to put the money to better use.

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February 12, 2013  08:56 AM ET

Sounds like a miniature A-Rod scenario. Just be glad you don't have the full size A-Rod problem.

February 12, 2013  09:02 AM ET

Schilling took 8 million.

Him and his mouth had no qualms whatsoever.

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February 12, 2013  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Well, I'd assume Carp's injuries are a direct result of pitching for the Cards...with ARod, I suspect chemical damage more.

I wouldn't assume anything these days.

February 12, 2013  09:30 AM ET

Carp's not walking away from $10.5MM.

February 12, 2013  09:40 AM ET

I have no problem with it at all. He is a gamer - IF - there is someone that could come back in this situation - I would consider Carpenter to be that person. And he would still pitch at a level comensurate with the salary (even as a 3rd or 4th guy given todays market). So this fan - no issue.

February 12, 2013  12:02 PM ET

is insurance not in the picture? surely his contract/salary are insured, yes?

February 12, 2013  01:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Schilling took 8 million.Him and his mouth had no qualms whatsoever.

Carpenter still has a slim hope by the 2014 season,,,,,the guy has erarned that money he has had great games in the right time and the right place,,,,, its tough enough on him because,,the injuries has com every 4 years,,,,

February 12, 2013  01:16 PM ET

schilling is too much of a mouth,,,,

February 12, 2013  01:18 PM ET

Like any of these whiners would turn down a guaranteed $10.5 million....seriously

February 12, 2013  01:23 PM ET
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Carp's not walking away from $10.5MM.

Nope.

And I'm sure 99.9% of the people calling him greedy would do the exact same thing.

I mean Brandon Webb just retired last week and hadn't pitched since '09... Cashing checks the whole time.

February 12, 2013  01:59 PM ET
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Like any of these whiners would turn down a guaranteed $10.5 million....seriously

The whiners are probably former Cubs fans.

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February 12, 2013  05:24 PM ET
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Think Carp cares? Think again. Is he supposed to? Players are programed not to feel any guilt over guaranteed contracts or about being overpaid in general. They receive their money whether they play well or poorly, healthy or injured. Just ask A-Rod.

True and sad.

February 12, 2013  05:38 PM ET
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This guy signed a contract, and he deserves to get paid the money.If Carpenter had won 28 games last year, and was making that same amount of money for this upcoming season, I would still say that he had signed the contract and should honor it.The team should honor the contract, and the fans should shut up.

I agree.....if it was me I would take the money and not feel bad....it's all part of game business.....if this is an issue, then they need to change the future contracts to have a better way to deal with these scenarios.

February 12, 2013  05:46 PM ET

I have no problem with this. Carpenter was underpaid many times while with the Cardinals. I agree that most of this is not Cardinals fans and I question how much of it is a reporter trying to generate a story out of nothing. This guy always gave everything. I think he also hurt himself by getting back as quickly as possible in 2011 and 2012. Pay him his money and thank him for his service.

February 12, 2013  06:12 PM ET
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Carp's not walking away from $10.5MM.

Whoever says they would, are nasty rich or in a state hspital...

February 12, 2013  06:15 PM ET

I would hope the Cardinals have insurance on him or anyone making that kind of money?

 
February 12, 2013  07:07 PM ET

Shouldn't just get the money ..that's ridiculous. ...if he wants the money make him earn it...coaching, scouting, bat boy , laundry/towel boy....anything. ...

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