STLPD wrote:Without naming names, La Russa endorsed pitching coach Dave Duncan's plea for a power starting pitcher such as free-agent righthander Carl Pavano to fit among a command-and-control rotation.
Interesting thought, though I'm not sure how much the Yankees possibly going after him will drive the price up?
STLPD wrote:The Cardinals hold a $2.4 million option on Carpenter for next season but the obligation would swell based on appearances. Carpenter did not pitch after Sept. 18 due to nerve damage that rendered his right biceps useless for a month and cost him a spot on the postseason roster.
The club may inquire about a "creative" alternative to assuming Carpenter's option. However, their preference may not appeal to a pitcher who set a career high with 15 wins and striking out 152 in 182 innings.
Any other information on the "creative" things they're talking about? I don't know if he's worth the money he could possibly be demanding, but then again I guess he's better than nothing or cheaper than whatever else is on the market. And how much could the incentives part add up to?
STLPD wrote:La Russa admits the stance could cost the club a piece of its marquee infield. "I think if we had a solid core of starting position players, we should consider concentrating our resources on starting pitching," he said. "Because we have an exceptional group of position players, I think we have to commit the bulk of our resources to starting pitching."
I sure hope he's not talking about Renteria. Especially after saying this:
Asked if he expects landing elsewhere after spending six seasons in St. Louis, Renteria said, "I hope not. I love this city. I feel comfortable here. I think it's the best team I've played on."
STLPD wrote:The Cardinals have shown little indication of making anything more than a one-year offer to Matheny, who said Thursday, "I know it will become obvious to me what happens next."
I didn't realize Matheny was making $4 million per year. I hope he gives them a home town discount, since he lives in the STL area.
STLPD wrote:Ankiel will start for Catalina; however, the Cardinals apparently envision him as a potential second lefthander within the bullpen, as little enthusiasm exists for re- signing Kline, who will undergo surgery on Nov. 11 to repair a torn flexor tendon in his left index finger.
"I don't think I'll be back. That's just the way I always look at it," Kline said last Thursday. "I looked at it that way last winter and they ended up bringing me back. But now they've got Ray (King) as their No. 1 lefthander. I don't see it."
I guess this was expected. I still think you need two lefties in the pen the way LaRussa plays matchups. I guess Ankiel is as good an option as any for that, I just hope he can be an effective starter again eventually.
Sorry for such a long post, just got kinda bored between classes and what better way to waste time than reading about the Cards and posting at the Cafe?