Thursday, January 06, 2005

This and That

When there isn't much going on in baseball with the Cardinals, it's actually hard to come up with a post a week. No new signings have been announced in the last week, other than the potential for Roberto Alomar to come to town. If Alomar is being signed to replace Marlon Anderson, I'm happy. If he's being signed to start - not so much.

As most of you know, Alomar has been on a downhill slide for several years both offensively and defensively. Last year he was especially bad, although some of it was due to injuries. When the dust cleared on the season, he was hitting .261/.321/.392, 713 OPS. While a 713 OPS doesn't sound horrible, keep in mind that he played his home games in Arizona and Chicago (AL) - both hitters parks.

Home - .284/.327/.451, 778 OPS
Road - .232/.312/.304, 616 OPS

I'm afraid that the 2nd line listed is more indicative of where Alomar is these days with the bat - which isn't pretty.

Of course, the rumors are that the deal is $500,000 plus incentives, and most importantly - not guaranteed. Hopefully the Cardinals are still trying to sign the likes of Alex Cora or Barry Larkin (or making a trade for Polanco) and thus putting pressure on Alomar to produce in the Spring or retire.

The other thing the Cardinals did recently is sign Mike Myers. My question is simply why? Myers, who will turn 36 this year, was basically a league average pitcher last year as he posted a 97 ERA+. He did get out lefties - they only hit .233/.322/.340 off of him. Unfortunately, he's going to be one of those 1 out specialists. Righties hit .344/.342/.574 off of Myers. But was he needed?

2005 projected bullpen
Jason Isringhausen - Closer
Julian Tavarez - Right Setup
Ray King - Left Setup
Al Reyes - Right Middle Relief
Cal Eldred - Long Reliever

That leaves one open spot, which we can assume will be the 2nd lefty. The Cardinals already had Rick Ankiel, Carmon Cali, and Randy Flores that could be used in this role. I'm almost certain that Flores could pitch as well as Myers. Cali may need some more polishing, but he really looks sharp. And Ankiel? If he's not in the rotation, he has to go in the pen or be placed on waivers, where he will be taken.

I guess you can never have too many pitchers. I'm just not sure why Myers got a deal.


At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, is Myers contract guaranteed? This could be like when they signed Al Levine in the offseason before 2003, then cut him in spring training.

Of course Levine went on to pitch well for the D-Rays, and we all remember the 2003 Cardinals bullpen. No, I don't think we'll ever forget that bullpen, no matter how drunk we get . . .

To bring another old FA signing, I bet Alomar winds up like Carlos Baerga back in 1999. Signed, cut in spring training and the 2nd base job goes to Bo Hart (in '99 in went to McEwing, similar player, so it;d be symmetry).

For the 5,000 time bring me Alex Cora!

At 2:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Flores is no longer with the club, if I remember right.

At 2:45 PM, Blogger Robb said...


Could you send me an email, either at my personal account or the DMBO league account?



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