Friday, August 27, 2004

Johnson still in play?

I tend to get my baseball news from various sources on the internet, including www.rotoworld.com, which does a nice job of scouring various newpapers and websites, thus providing injury news, trade rumors, and general information.

This morning while doing my daily new check, I came across this little snippet on rotoworld:

Randy Johnson - S - Diamondbacks

Padres' manager Bruce Bochy said he expects either the Dodgers or Giants to trade for Arizona ace Randy Johnson before Sept. 1.
On Wednesday, Padres' GM Kevin Towers said there's "zero chance" of the Padres going after the Big Unit, citing the Randy Myers waiver-wire debaucle of six years ago. The bigger news here, obviously, is the belief that Johnson will be on the move. This is the first substantial rumor regarding the Unit since the Dodgers failed to acquire him at the non-waiver deadline. Aug. 27 - 7:45 am et
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

To say the least, that is an interesting development. The Dodgers or Giants would already be a formidable playoff opponent should the Cardinals find themselves playing them in about 5 and a half weeks. To add a stud #1 starter to either staff would be especially frightening. Especially if it were the Giants, since they already have Jason Schimdt, and the Cardainals would have to play them in a best of 5 series.

For whatever reason, the Cardinals have owned Randy Johnson over the last 4 years (1-2, 6.50 ERA over 27.2 regular season innings, 0-2, 5.14 ERA over 14 playoff innings). And I like the Cards chances against anyone in the playoffs. But I will feel much more comfortable if Randy Johnson is still playing for Arizona come next Wednesday morning.

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