Various and assorted
Just clearing out a few assorted topics, Cards-related and not, at the end of the season and beginning of the postseason.
* I’m not crazy about the Lohse deal. I don’t think it’s disastrous, but four guaranteed years with a no-trade makes me VERY nervous. His durability is a plus, and he had a good year. But it seems like a risk to do four years with blanket no-trade protection for a pitcher who is good but not elite.
The flipside is that if the Cards take advantage of the relatively low 2009 dollars and make a legitimate upgrade somewhere else (Orlando Hudson, anyone?), I’ll like it more.
* My NL MVP ballot: 1.Pujols – 2.Berkman – 3.Wright – 4.H.Ramirez – 5.C.Jones – 6. Beltran – 7.Utley – 9.Santana – 9.J.Reyes – 10.A.Ramirez. Yes, 4 Mets but not Delgado.
* My NL Cy Young ballot: 1.Santana – 2.Lincecum – 3.Lidge
* My NL Rookie ballot: 1.Soto – 2.Votto – 3.Jurrjens