Discussing the offseason with a disgruntled Cubs fan made me admit something I really didn’t want to admit. Even though I have been very disappointed with this offseason, Walt has really never steered us wrong. So am I nervous about the rotation? A very loud YES!! But Walt has made it happen many times before, so why would he disappoint us now? Hall of Famer Rick Hummel sheds some light on my feelings as well at Stltoday.com. Sure our offseason could have gone better, but at least we are not stuck with Jim Hendry!
Joe Strauss is reporting that Isringhausen threw twenty pitches of a mound on Tuesday. These were the first pitches he has thrown since hip surgery on September 21. He reportedly had no discomfort afterward, but the true test will be how he feels on Wednesday. Still, a healthy Isringhausen still makes me nervous.
Aaron Harang, pitcher for the Reds, signed a four year $36.5 million deal today. Not bad for a guy with a career record of 47-43 and ERA of 4.28. He has pitched over 200 innings twice in his career. I know the money values have gone upward and he had a good year in 06 winning 16 with an ERA of 3.76 in a very hitter friendly ballpark. But that seems like a whole lot of money for a team that has a whole lot of holes. Harang will earn 6.75 million in 2008, $11 million in 2009 and $12.5 million in 2010. The club option for 2011 is worth $12.75 million with a $2 million buyout. If Harang pitches 210 innings in 2010, the option increases to $13 million. If he is traded, the option becomes mutual and increases to $14 million, with a $2.5 million buyout.
And for the best news of the day, Bonds has no plans to retire after this season according to SI.com. This is the best thing that has happened in years. It’s like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Fourth of July all rolled up into one. Seriously, besides the Giants, who else will pay Barry? I have read that Tony LaRussa wants Bonds and communicated through Jeff “don’t confuse me with Scott” Borris, Bond’s agent. But being it is often the Cardinal way, he would have to agreed to a discounted signing price. Seeing all the complications that he has had with the new contract with the Giants, I don’t foresee anyone welcoming him. And personally, I would love for him to leave us alone and go live a wonderful life out of the media spotlight.
Futurebirds.com has a post on Tommy Pham to go along with mine from last week.
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Opening day will be here before you know it.
A reminder to Cards fans in the Cape area, Lou Brock will be at LaCroix church, Sat Feb 10 at 5:30 PM.