Chris Carpenter has experienced many things as a big league pitcher. He's been a highly touted youngster. He's had to sit out a year with an injury. He's been dumped by a major league team and picked up off the scrap heap by another.
He's won the Comeback Player of the Year, and he's been a World Series hero.
Now, he finds himself in the last year of a contract at 35 years old. Although he's gotten off to a slow start in 2011, he's still a guy that's capable of eating lots of innings for a pitching staff.
The Cardinals have an option on Carpenter for 2012, but if they aren't in the pennant race at the trade deadline, they could be willing to make a deal.
Here are five teams for whom Carpenter could make a difference.