what are the papers showing as the 5 starters for the cardinals??????? i would think ankiel would get a shot in spring training to show he deserves a starting spot.....
i havent read the papers but the situation looks like this:
carpenter - option was exercised so he will be back
suppan - will be back
haren - will be moved from bullpen to a starter
those three are virtual locks as long as they are healthy. the remaining two spots can be filled in a number of ways.
marquis - under contract but rumored to be available in a trade--cards management reportedly not thrilled with his attitude final month of the season and into the playoffs.
free agent or trade - woody's option was not exercised and morris is a free agent. it is possible one of them is re-signed but i think the cards are exploring other options right now. cards have indicated they are looking for a power pitcher. they made a run for unit before the deadline but had to settle for larry walker. maybe they will make a run for him at the winter meetings. pavano is likely out of their price range. clement might be an option. i dont who else they are looking at.
ankiel - should he impress in ST and win a starting job marquis will be moved to the pen or shipped out. i dont think they want to put themselfs in a position where they are depending on rick to be a starter. they would rather plan on him being in the bullpen and if he works out as a starter all the better.