I'm pretty sure most people think Figgins no longer has the range to play 2nd. That's why his name hasn't come up recently. If he does, it would be a good choice though it would take a little more than you are prosposing.
Joe Cowley of the Sun-Times says trading starter Javier Vazquez is Williams' top offseason priority. Cowley believes Williams could look for an infielder in return. Vazquez will earn $23MM over the next two seasons, and has a limited no-trade clause to block trades to NL and AL West teams.
Thoughts on Vazquez? He's 32 years old, had a 4.67 ERA this year. Has been a career underachiever for the most part. Could he work well with Duncan? His grounball/flyball ratio is right around 1 for his career, it was 0.98 last year. He won 15 games with a 3.74 ERA in 2007.
2008 numbers: 33 starts 208 1/3 IP 214 hits 25 homeruns 200 strikeouts 61 walks 4.67 ERA 1.32 WHIP
I would look into other priorities (LH relief, closer, middle infield) first, but he could be an interesting pickup for Duncan. He had ace type of stuff when he first came up, I'm not sure how he is nowadays.
kotheb wrote: It's extremely hard for me to justify trading Ludwick, not only based on the fact that he was one of the best players in baseball last year, but he's great defensively AND we have him under control for the next 3 years.
Ankiel, on the other hand, I say we explore trading and get ready to bring up Rasmus.
If Ludwick repeats what he did last year then I completely agree.
I agree completely, even if Luddys numbers take a 10-20 percent dive across the board. Kotheb well said!
Would the Cards make an offer to Chad Cordero this winter? Cordero had labrum surgery, but is a young free agent at 27 and had success as a closer for the Expos/Nationals. He could be a re-hab gamble like Clement last winter. Some team should gamble on Cordero, even though labrum injuries can be tough to recover from.
I think you are right, it will not be the Cards. Cordero will not get an offer from anyone until he shows scouts he can throw a fastball in the low 90s. If he can rebuild arm strength, he will get a contract. He is only 27, selected in the 2003 draft, already a free agent because the Expos brought him to the majors in 2003. Given youth and experience as a closer, Cordero could become re-hab gamble, for a low price, for some team.
I thought Looper's contract looked a lot better once he became a starter and after having a pretty decent 2008. That contract would have been a burden if he was just a regular right hander coming out of the pen in the 6th or 7th innings. It looks like he'll be a type B player so I hope the cards offer him arbitration. He should get a multi-year deal somewhere so it would be nice to have the draft pick compensation. If he for some reason he accepted the arbitration, we would just have extra protection in the rotation.
I would have no problem with and would actually hope the Cards offer Cordero a minor-league deal with a heavily incented contract if he makes the big league club. BUT......only if they do not count on him at all to fill a role in the bullpen. I would hope the mindset would be, hey we can give this guy a shot to make the team, but it won't hurt the team if he doesn't make it since we already have these other guys lined up. Also, if he doesn't make the team, we don't owe him a lot of money. Cordero might be able to get a guaranteed contract somewhere else, but if he doesn't, I would think St. Louis would be a desirable destination since he would at least be able to compete for a closer's role.
It would be silly to refuse to look at injured players entirely. There will always be value doing that. What we should refuse to do going forward is sign them to large, multi-year contracts (Mulder, cough), while KNOWING they are still unhealthy.
How do you think we got Ludwick? Is anyone on this proverbial boat interested in us signing Furcal or Hudson? If so...I wonder why?
It would be bad business to not even kick the tires on people like Penny, Cordero, or even someone like Prior. The mistake would be big guarantees (in money and expectations).
Nobody is suggesting that we should sign Cordero to a market value contract for a closer and hand him the job. Same goes for Penny or Prior. "Value" investing is not a naughty word...ask Warren Buffett.
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I think some on here are confusing Chad Cordero with Coco Cordero in Cincy. Chad has never been a closer and has an average arm at best so this idea that he would compete for a late role is a pipe dream. I would be interested in Prior simply because of the pedigree. This would depend entirely on the shape his arm is in. Penny has a really poor reputation as a malcontent and a cancer around a clubhouse. I would rather see Cards pursue Dempster or Burnett. GO CARDS!
cardinalnationhouston wrote: I think some on here are confusing Chad Cordero with Coco Cordero in Cincy. Chad has never been a closer and has an average arm at best so this idea that he would compete for a late role is a pipe dream. I would be interested in Prior simply because of the pedigree. This would depend entirely on the shape his arm is in. Penny has a really poor reputation as a malcontent and a cancer around a clubhouse. I would rather see Cards pursue Dempster or Burnett. GO CARDS!
Hmmm....Chad Cordero certainly has a lot of career saves for someone who has "never been a closer"...128 of them, in fact.
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CariocaCardinal wrote: Everyone likes good value. Looper was no bargain though.
Braden took the ball every 5th day, was a team leader. $5.5million was good value for a starting pitcher in 2008 with his time in service. Money well spent.
This is why Beau would bankrupt the Cardinals if he were GM. One doesn't pay for time in service (except when forced to). You pay for performance. You also have to remember that Looper was way overpaid for what he delivered in 2006 as a reliever.