During the off season I was happy to hear the reports on Furcal’s health and how he is so ready to go. Well it was reported that Furcal has a bone spur in his arm and he had to get anti-inflammatory shots on Friday. He has been having some lingering pain in his throwing arm for sometime now. It is most likely he will return to the team in a week. So I wonder whats on the Cardinals Brass minds? Stick with Ronny Cedeno till he is ready or if its worse than what is being reported, maybe a trade could be in line for the Cardinals before the season starts.
Today at work I got a alert on my cell phone from MLBTradeRunors with the title “Jason Isringhausen Retires”. I was taken back and once it was time to clock out I rushed home to find out what the real story is. Jason has accepted a job as the pitching coach for Southern Ilinois University Edwardsville. As a MLB pitcher, he is now retired. At this time he is a volunteer for this position. He says he hopes to help the pitchers to get the most help they can. With having a career 300 saves and sixteen years in the majors I am sure he will be a big assest to SIUE.
The St. Louis Cardinals, The Cordish Companies and PBR (Professional Bull Riders, Inc.) announced today that PBR St. Louis: A Cowboy Bar will open at Ballpark Village making it the eighth location across the United States.
This morning the Cardinals announced that Matheny and Mozeliak got new contracts. Matheny’s option was picked up for the 2014 season and Mozeliak’s new contract is for three more years. Mo’ has been the GM for six years with a good track record with the 2011 World Championship under his belt. Matheny started his career on a good note last year when he was a win away to get into the World Series. I find it intresting that Matheny’s contract is year to year. Its almost like a wait and see with Matheny’s new career as a Major League Baseball Manager.
Today Mike Piazza’s new book “Long Shot” is released. This is a must read for me due to being a Dodger fan especially during the Lasorda era. The book is based on his life and his what some baseball pundits call a very mysterious courtesy draft pick that started Mike’s career with the Dodgers. One of the main ingredients that draws me to Piazza’s story is the classic father-son American dream story. Don’t want to give the story away but his beginnings in baseball was because of his dad grooming Mike to succeed in baseball. This is my kind of story.
Well, I just got word that there will be a press conference Monday morning at 11:00am with Chris Carpenter to answer questions about his setback with his injuries. Friday during a press conference John Mozeliak did say, he didn’t expect Carpenter to be back in 2013 and actaully will not be pitching anymore. So I am curious, could this be Carp’s announcement that he is officially retiring? I guess we will find out tomorow.
Today the Cardinals and David Freese finally settles to avoid arbitration. So they agreed to a one year deal for $3.15mil. What a nice raise for Freese. With the Cardnals being so sabermetrics friendly i would predict that Freese will more than likey won’t be around with the Cards past 2015. He is currently 29 years old but when a MLB player hit 30, the player’s numbers will go down and will no longer be of value for the team. The only third baseman in our minor league system is Carson Kelly that ranks in the Cardinals Top 20 Prospects at #11. Kelly was the top prospect in the Pacific Northwest in the 2012 Draft class, with teams looking at him as a both a hitter and a pitcher. The Cardinals went way over pick value to sign his bat and to keep him from going to the University of Oregon to be a two-way player. He has plenty of arm strength for third – he threw 92 mph from the mound – and he should be a steady all-around defender at the hot corner. But it’s that bat that should carry him. Kelly has a solid approach at the plate, and the strong right-handed hitter has the kind of raw power coveted for a corner infielder. Focusing on hitting only, it will be interesting to see how quickly he can adjust to the pro game. Carson may not be MLB ready but if we where to let Freese go via free agency or trade I would assume the Cardnals may replace him with through a trade. I justbdon’t see Freese staying with this Club for a long time, as long as the front office gets their way.
The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that fans will be able to catch more than half of the club’s 2013 spring training games throughout coverage on FOX Sports Midwest, the Cardinals Radio Network and ESPN.
News came out today that Chris Carpenter is having recurring issues with his shoulder. In a conversation Carp had on Friday with Mozeliak, he told the GM he won’t be able to pitch this season due to the pain he is having again to his arm. The feel around the team is sadness. There seems to be a feel of finality to Carpenters career. In regards to a replacement the Cardinals are blessed with a lot of talent waiting to be called up. I can think of a few that could fit in right now like Shelby Miller or Joe Kelly which had some great exposure last year with some success. There is also another scenario the Cards may reconsider, Kyle Lohse. It may not be a bad idea but if the Cards try to make another offer for Lohse they will not lose a draft pick and could have him back in the mix. In 2012 he had a 16-3 record and kept his era at 2.86. Well at least we have some good options at this time. I hope the Carpenter saga ends well.