StlSluggers wrote:Assuming Weaver does indeed sign with the Ms, I have to imagine that Wainwright will be looking at a starting role, but there's a huge hole now:
Think they have a trade brewing?
I doubt it. Chances are they stick Franklin in the 5th spot until Mulder is available.
Izzy better be ready to go or you might see Looper, Thompson or AAA SP as the 5th spot.
it would have been a nice insurance policy to have weaver back. sounds like he could have been had for 1 yr at $8MM...a decent gamble in my opinion. if you believe mulder will be ready mid season then weaver was just a luxury item for the cards.
franklin/thompson should be OK for half a season. narveson should get a long look. he is out of options and i am not so sure he would clear waivers. if there is a trade it would probably be narveson in ST just to get something in return rather than lose for nothing. ordinarily you might try narvy in the pen but the pen seems full. the left side has flores (recently given a two year deal), tyler johnson (1.23 playoff era with 12k in 7.1 IP), and rincon (i dont know his status, maybe he will be cut).
the rotation will be fine if wainwright and reyes pitch like they are capable. PECOTA and ZIPS project them to be good.