Walton's Wanderings – December 1, 2006

Bringing you the best St. Louis Cardinals-related news and speculation from around Major League Baseball.

I haven't done one of these columns in a long time. But, as I caught up with my reading from the past few days, a number of items caught my interest. So, I thought I'd share them here.

Dotel as closer?

"…Octavio Dotel having received three offers to close games…"

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This piece did not name the Cardinals are one of the three, but HawgWild had mentioned the Cards' pursuing him recently. It could make a lot of sense. I had also heard the Birds were interested in the former A's and Astros closer before he signed with the Yankees in what was a rehab year in 2006.

I bet Adam Wainwright is rooting for it!

The (non-White) Rat resurfaces

After getting the unusually-timed boot from Phil Garner and the Astros during June, former Cardinal and the Pride of Centralia, IL, Gary Gaetti, was hired as the new hitting coach for Tampa Bay's Triple-A Durham Bulls. He had spent four years with the ‘Stros.

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Cards interested in Jennings

The Colorado Rockies offered right-handed starter Jason Jennings an extension which would give him $21.5 million over the next three seasons.

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That isn't enough, so if an extension can't be worked out, he could be traded next week. Can't blame the Rocks for wanting to get value for him now if he is going to walk in 12 months, anyway.

As we reported back on the 25th, the Cards are definitely sniffing around. Good idea.

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Gonzo still homeless

"…"four or five teams" have inquired about the longtime Arizona Diamondbacks veteran, but none have made an offer…"

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I wonder where all those folks are now who were saying three weeks ago (not us!) that Luis Gonzalez was set to sign any moment with the Cardinals?

Defending Drew

More fun in Beantown. Apparently conveniently forgetting that Edgar Renteria was run out of town, that young genius Theo Epstein is at it again. His Red Sox are preparing to sign J.D. Drew for four years/$70 million.

The Boston Herald is already calling him "Nancy Drew" and "D.L. Drew" and he hasn't even signed yet!

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Even better is that Curt Schilling, he of the infamous bloody sock, called into a radio talk show there trying to head off Boston fans already getting ready to ride Drew for being too soft.

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Good luck with that! Anybody think Drew will finish out that contract in Boston? At this rate, he may be done before he ever gets started.

Mulder wandering the desert

"Other teams will likely offer him contracts with a low base salary and loads of incentives, but because the Diamondbacks don't do incentive-based deals, they'll have to be creative in the structure and likely need to guarantee more money."

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Shoots some major holes in the idea of Muldoo signing in Arizona, eh?

Super Joe and Alicea

Former Cardinals surface in Boston as "Super" Joe McEwing continues his fringe major league career by signing a minor league deal with the Red Sox.

Ex-Cards second sacker Luis Alicea will be Boston's new first base and infield coach under Terry Francona next season. Good for him!

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Figgins available?

"The agent for speedy Chone Figgins believes the Los Angeles Angels will trade his client."

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Here is a guy who would look good at the top of the Cardinals' line-up, but the club may have reached their quota of ex-Angels. On days that Scott Spiezio will be in the line-up, half of the 2007 Cards position players will be former Halos (Edmonds, Eckstein and Kennedy).

Forget Schmidt

The top righty on the market, Jason Schmidt, says he wants to stay on West Coast. This is despite a big offer from the Cubs, reportedly three years at $44 million and supposed interest by Walt Jocketty. Yeah, right… Tell 'em what they want to hear - or not!

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Asking about Hawpe

Good to hear Walt is also inquiring about young, cheap, talented outfielders like Colorado's Brad Hawpe. Too bad no one wants to trade them, though…

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Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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