First off, the rumor that died about as fast as it arose. Apparently, Mike Lowell had been contacted by the Cardinals. Bernie put that to bed pretty quickly, which was good, because it didn’t really make much sense from the Cardinal point of view. You’ve got a guy under contract that would probably be cheaper than Lowell would be that you are trying to dump. Why would you move him just to sign a guy that will probably decline significantly over the life of the contract? I thought part of the reason for trading Rolen was to reduce payroll. All and all, not a good idea if it was even broached seriously.
There’s another one floating around that the Padres have asked about Edmonds. It wouldn’t be out of the goodness of their hearts, either–they’d expect the Cardinals to throw some cash into the deal. With Edmonds’ new restaurant, I don’t think he’d be real excited about moving and he should be a 10/5 guy who gets some say in it. I think the Cardinals are reconciled to having Edmonds back next year, even if they have to move him to a corner slot. Besides, if Rasmus continues his ascent, I wouldn’t be surprised if management wouldn’t want Edmonds to pass on some tips when the rookie comes up.
The Cardinals are apparently interested in free agent pitchers Carlos Silva and Kyle Loshe. I can’t say either of them is all that exciting and probably both will be overpaid. However, if I was to choose one, it’d be Silva. His pitch-to-contact style is right up the Cardinals alley and, if the defense can improve somewhat, he could be a pretty good pickup. Loshe reminds me of Gil Meche from last offseason–never been much but will get paid like they have been. At least Meche had shown some flashes of talent. Loshe is a league-average pitcher, at best.
In case you’ve not seen it, Matthew Leach got an interview with John Mozeliak. Mozeliak doesn’t really say anything that gives definite direction, keeping a lot of things close to the vest. I do like that he doesn’t think there’s a front-line starter in free agency–because there’s not–and I hope he keeps that in mind when negotiating with whatever pitchers he might be talking to.
In my mind, the only way we get a good solid pitcher is to trade Duncan. But to do that, we have to bring in an outfield bat to protect Pujols. We’ll see if either of those happen.