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.