Pogotheostrich wrote:I think Suppan might get more than the Cards are willing to offer.
I read one rumor about $10 million a year which seems utterly ridiculous. But it wouldn't shock me to see him get a deal like Morris got and I don't think the Cards will match that.
i am starting to believe the same. i didnt realize soup made just $10MM over the last three years. at 31, this is his best chance to get paid and i wouldnt blame him for taking that opportunity. $10MM a year is a bit much but i wouldnt be surprised to see him get 4/32 since he doesnt have any injury issues and has a 3.00 career playoff era. the cards got good value out of him, now they begin the search for the next bargain pitcher.
i think the odds are slim that mulder is back. jocketty is telling people mulder likely wont be ready to pitch until june. if mulder isnt able to pitch until june he is basically just a luxury item. the cards will have to find 5 starters + mulder. thats difficult, although not impossible, for a budget conscious team to accomplish. signing mulder is a little more doable if the cards think narveson would do ok as a half season fill-in or they bargain shop for the other rotation slots.
fortunately there are several decent candidates for the 2b carousel (bellylard, kennedy, loretta, durham, derosa). also, the bullpen is basically already taken care of. everyone is under contract and outside of izzy & loop everyone is pretty cheap.
i still think they need to rework the outfield. defensively you just cant afford to have duncan and encar man the corners at the same time. the rotation remains the chief priority and the outfield is probably going to have to wait until after 2007.