glen a richter wrote:
No Cueto for you... not a whole lot left as far as SP is concerned, unless you explore the trade route. I'm not convinced Davis is signing with St. Louis either. After he turned down that offer by Baltimore it was assumed he did so because he had a bigger offer elsewhere. If that were the case, we'd know about it by now. I think he's spinning his wheels hoping for a bigger offer and ends up back in Baltimore for less than the 150 mil he left on the table.
Once Mo said the Cards weren't looking for a 'dynamic' signing, to me that takes them out of the running of Cueto (obvious now that he's signed), Davis, Cespedes, Gordon, Upton, etc.
I think what they'll do at this point is go after a cheaper SP, Leake or Kazmir (I really want Kazmir). But they also have Tim Cooney, Marco Gonzales, and Tyler Lyons that can compete for the back half of the rotation. You can also take a shot at an old guy like Buerhle or Cliff Lee.
I still don't take them out of the trade market. Mo is going to do something, just what that is, I don't know. He plays his cards close to the vest. But I don't fault his logic going after these high priced guys. The Cards spend wisely and they only wanted to spend on Price and Heyward and whiffed on both. So instead of kneejerking it and throwing a lot of money at a 30+ year old that might not fit, they're evaluating options. It's what makes Mo so good.
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