Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Beating the Dead Horse Some More and Again
Just when you thought bloggers had all tired with detailed, microscopic analyses of the Cards' hot stove moves...NO. Not this day. And I'm not talking about all the lamenting that will happen in July when you still see Larry Bigbie and Juan Encarnacion penciled in on your scorecards as you sit and wait for the game to start. On the news that the Cards avoided arbitration with Marquis, the assumption still stands that Jocketty makes a swap for an outfield bat. Maybe not, though. Although Encarnacion et al fail to send shivers of excitment through the veins of all but the most meth addled of Cardinal fans, the offense is pretty much set. And with Pujols, Edmonds, Rolen (health permitting) and Eck the lineup is competitive enough to win games and most likely lock up the NL Central. My question is whether or not Jocketty's move would be to shore up the rotation. Yes, I know we have six potential starters right now, but if a reasonable move can be made to bring a hard throwing, top three starter to the team, you have to think Jock would pull the trigger. His stated desire in the off season was to improve the rotation; remember that whole Burnett saga? What would make you think that has suddenly changed? The addition of Ponson? I don't know. I'm probably too tired to process much more tonight, but I think adding a pitcher of that caliber might be a better move than adding another outfielder, as much as I refuse to get excited about Bigbie and Encarnacion. Thinking about the rotation as is, it probably is not good enough to earn the team an invite to the World Series, wouldn't you agree? A Barry Zito or a comparable pitcher might be more of a key to a competitive team in October.
I've been championing dealing Marquis and prospects to the White Sox for Jose Contreras. We'd have to pay $8 million in salary compared to Marquis' $5.15 million, but it would be worth it to get a #2 who could dominate (and has) in the postseason.
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