About the pitching: The current rotation ERA of 5.46 is the worst in franchise history in a non-strike year. But it goes beyond that. In the history of baseball, this would be the 42nd-highest ERA by a rotation in a single season, and we’re talking about thousands of rotations. See what happens when a team depends on retreads and becomes so confident that it can make even a career reliever a quality starter. Yes, the Chris Carpenter injury could not predicted, but a team with serious aspirations of winning can’t depend on Kip Wells and Braden Looper.
Edit: From Az over at Future Redbirds: This is such a horrible misleading quote. He’s comparing eras that have significant differences in average ERAs. The effing mound was lowered to increase scoring. Players are taking steroids. Of course ERAs will be higher. Bernie needs to use some kind of ERA+ or normalized statistic to account for historical differences. See his whole quote below.
He calls for the Cardinals to try and dump salary by placing Juan, Wells, Eck, and Percival on waivers and try to dump their salary and get a few marginal prospects in return. Agreed. I don’t think Percival would make it past the Devil Rays, as they are really trying to improve their bullpen. Maybe a deal for the likes of Ben Zobrist, a guy az brought up over at Future Redbirds last week.
Put Edmonds and Rolen out there also, and if a team in the race wants to claim them, I say let’em go. Maybe the Cubs would consider an Edmonds with Soriano being out for a couple weeks (but with their ownership situation up in the air, that is probably a reach). The Angels may consider Rolen as Bill Stoneman is not really up for Midseason trades, but may consider claiming Rolen off waivers. I think taking Rolen’s salary off the books is worth way more than a mid level prospect.
If you can clear out a couple of roster spots, then you are able to bring up the Ankiels, Ryans, Perez’s, and maybe even Hoffpauir to see what you have for next year. Sometimes teams have to sell to better prepare for the future. Look at the Cleveland Indians.
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