Thursday, December 2, 2004
The Pitch on Pitching
It’s time to report some more rumors and some speculation about Cardinals pitching, 2005 style.
Zito Offer Made
I have it from a very good source that the Cardinals recently made a firm proposal to the Oakland A’s for Barry Zito offering a package including Jason Marquis.
However, at this point, it is unclear whether the A’s want to move another starter, now that they dumped Mark Redman’s contract (and reliever Arthur Rhodes’ too) on the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Jason Kendall deal. Yet, the inclusion of Marquis would afford the A’s a less-expensive rotation replacement for Zito.
The feeling is that Dave Duncan could tinker with Zito and return him to past glory after a difficult 2004. Zito, 26, had a disappointing 11-11 record with an alarming 4.48 ERA, over a run worse than his previous career low point.
The lefty is signed for 2005 at $4.8 million and currently has about 4-1/2 years of MLB service time. As a result, I believe he could be kept for two more seasons. However, his teammate, Tim Hudson, will be a free agent after the 2005 season, perhaps making Zito a more attractive target financially.
if you arent familiar with the source, walton writes for http://www.thestlcardinals.com/ which was the first place to break the news on pujols $100 million deal. they have some credibility, more than the post dispatch in my opinion.