Putting a bow on it

Time to head back home, where it’s cold but I’ll be most delighted to see my little family. And to get some sleep.

A few thoughts as the Cards pack up and head north…

* I do believe a trade is a real possibility. Jon Lieber seems like a great fit,a nd I don’t think the Phils would ask all that much for him. Brad Penny is probably a longer shot; I’m told the Dodgers won’t deal any of their starters just to clear space. They’ll want an impact bat.

* I believe, though I don’t have full confirmation, that in some capacity, the Cardinals talked to Barry Bonds or his representatives through some channels on Wednesday. I do not believe there’s much of any chance at all that he’ll actually come to St. Louis. It doesn’t make any financial sense, and obviously there’s also the image issue.

* The path that makes the most sense at this point is probably to add two starters, if only because they don’t look like they’ll be able to add a real innings guy. I think there’s a legitimate concern if your 2-5 starters are, say, Batista-Reyes-Wainwright-Wells, since those might all be 5-6 innings guys. They might all be effective, and in fact I think Batista is a very intriguing option, but that would put a major strain on the bullpen.

Anyway. I’m out. Farewell, Mickey. Farewell, Captain Eo.

-M.

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Even though Adam Kennedy is a good player, I am sorry that Ronnie Belliard apparently is not returning. Belliard was very instrumental in helping the Cardinals win the playoffs and World Series.

SAY IT ISN’T SO!!!! PLEASE! NO BARRY BONDS! GOOD GRIEF! WHAT AN EGO! NO!NO!NO! PLEASE NO!

This probably isn’t the spot for this, but I wanted to get in a question since things are slow.

So, as I understand it, each club is getting a $20 million dollar infusion of cash this year from MLB as part of the profit sharing thingy. And I understand that this is part of what’s driving the off-season orgy of free agency. But, I’m not hearing anything about this from the standpoint of the Cardinals.

Is it true that the clubs are all getting this money? And, if so, is the club spending this money on players? Or is it just used to purchase new gold seatbacks/urinals for the luxury suites and platinum deepfryers for the troughs of free chicken wings for the field-level attendees?

Or, am I just misguided, uninformed, and, as usual, not funny?

This probably isn’t the spot for this, but I wanted to get in a question since things are slow.

So, as I understand it, each club is getting a $20 million dollar infusion of cash this year from MLB as part of the profit sharing thingy. And I understand that this is part of what’s driving the off-season orgy of free agency. But, I’m not hearing anything about this from the standpoint of the Cardinals.

Is it true that the clubs are all getting this money? And, if so, is the club spending this money on players? Or is it just used to purchase new gold seatbacks/urinals for the luxury suites and platinum deepfryers for the troughs of free chicken wings for the field-level attendees?

Or, am I just misguided, uninformed, and, as usual, not funny?

Matthew,

You are exactly right about the pitching. I am concerned if all we get is Batista. Batista is not a number 2 starter, never has been. The answer for this team is not Batista. Maybe as a 4th starter, but certainly not one to back up Carp.

Everyone must calm down. I’m not concerned about the Cardinals right now. I’ll admit I’ve had similar off-season worries before. Simply put, We’re the Cardinals! Going out and spending astronomical amounts of money on question mark free agents just isn’t our style. Let the Cubs do that. How many times in the last 4-5 years has St. Louis gone on a reckless spending spree in the offseason?! How many teams have we seen go out and spend wildly to bring in the best players and lose in the post season?! Hmmm…Yankees, Mets, Cubs, I can go on. Mr. Jocketty is a genius and he’ll find the right pieces. I know there’s a gaping hole in the rotation, and we’re not close to bringing Mulder, Weaver, or Suppan back…but from what I’ve heard no one else is either. Fear not Cardinals fans, Jocketty and LaRussa will find a way. They always do.

Question:
What are the chances of the Cardinals making a deal for Mark Buehrle from the White Sox? Jerry Reinsdorf said this:

“With the madness that is in the market today, how could we have counted on being able to re-sign Freddy? Then, we have [Mark] Buehrle, who is a free agent who walks around wearing a Cardinals hat… You have to think he’s going to be tough to re-sign. When you have a chance to move one guy who is close to free agency and come back with power arms, you have to go for it.”

As much has I like what they (TJ & BT)did in the postseason, wouldn’t packaging Tyler Johnson or Brad Thompson with Skip Schumaker or Brendan Ryan be plenty to get Buehrle from a team who knows they are going to lose him anyway?

Non-pitching question. . . .Assuming the Cardinals don’t deal Duncan for a starter, is there a chance they make a run at Craig Wilson and platoon the two in left?

I believe Wilson’s lifetime OPS against lefties is over .900. And when not in the lineup, he’d make teams think twice about bringing in the lefty specialist late in games. He also can catch in a pinch, which would give us more flexibility.

There doesn’t seem to be much demand for him now, and perhaps this would be a cost-effective way to get more punch from our outfield.

The White Sox are very unlikely to deal Buehrle now that they have dealt Freddy Garcia. They had six starters, now they have five.

-M.

Well, they’re certainly going to have to get one more starter; news reports today have Marquis signing with … the Flubs.

The irony is just delightful, isn’t it?

You didn’t say anything about Suppan and Mulder. Have they both declined arbitration?

Who would the Cardinals trade to get Carl Pavano? would the Yankees pick up some of his salary?

I think Carpenter, Suppan/Weaver, Pavano, Wells, Reyes wouldn’t be too bad. Wainwright stays as setup or closer

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