I’m just now sitting down to write my stories, but here are the relevant points from today thus far…
* Cards consider themselves a serious player for Schmidt, and Schmidt’s agents consider them serious suitors. Neither side seems to think it will be a problem that STL doesn’t want to go more than three years.
* Cards are close, but not imminent, on a deal with a reliever. They’re looking at three guys, one of whom is Dotel.
* One option they are considering for ’07 is to move Braden Looper to the rotation. Yes, Looper.