Posted by D-Dizzle
First, I would like to start off by saying that General Manager Johnny Mo has said he expects to make some moves in the offseason. He specifically said he would like to add some more new faces, ones that can hit 15-20 home runs. Here is the article,
Ok, now on with my post. Let’s have some fun with numbers.
- Penny – 7.5MM
- Ludwick/Westbrook about 5MM
- Feliz – 1.5MM (about the amount what was left on his deal)
- Reyes- 2MM
That’s a good 16.5 MM to cover:
- an improved middle infield
- a (good) backup 3B
- a backup catcher
– Dan Descalso has to be able to sink or swim. If we can acquire a guy like the Diamondbacks” Stephen Drew then that’s great, or maybe sign Orlando Hudson to a 1 year/5.5MM deal. Hell, we could probably use both, because the middle infield is THAT bad right now.
-Get ONE good reliever. And I don’t mean another Dennys Reyes. I mean an actual GOOD reliever like a Benoit, Guerrier, Wheeler, etc. Let Fernando Salas, Josh Kinney, and hopefully Eduardo Sanchez occupy another spot or 2.
-Get a good starting pitcher. And no, not another Dave Duncan fix-up project like Brad Penny. I’m referring to someone like Ted Lilly, Jake Westbrook, Hiroki Kuroda, Carl Pavano, Bronson Arroyo(if he’s on the market), etc. That would make for a terrific rotation of Wainwright-Carpenter-Garcia-The Free Agent- Kyle Lohse(ugh).
This should (hopefully) be able to be accomplished within 16.5million and then if DeWitt raises payroll to keep Albert and/or improve a little more on the above parts, this team should cruise its way back to the top.
Some other points I would like to bring up.
Midseason I remember comments saying the team needed some clubhouse personality and lose the business guy mentality. This got under my skin quite a bit.
Clubhouse chemistry is so overrated. Chemistry is always good when a team is winning. How do you keep chemistry good? That’s right folks, you need to keep winning, not go out and hire a professional clown to entertain the clubhouse(I’m being facetious of course, but you get what i mean).
This team had a ton of injuries, but that should not be an excuse.
All teams have injuries, but most of the people come back from them. Did Freese come back? Did Penny come back? Ludwick was with us for about a week or so before we had to trade him after his injury, so more or less he didn’t come back.
People talk as if this year’s Cardinal team was just terrible. Well, those people are probably right.
BUT to my count, we had 3, arguably 5 guys that all had either career worst seasons, or extremely poor seasons (Molina, Schumaker, Ryan, and probably Pujols and Lopez). That wouldn’t be a big deal if they weren’t all regulars. That just doesn’t happen that often, where over 33% of the starting lineup has a drastically below average season.