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The Cardinals are looking for pitching

Jun 10, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch cites a team source who says that the Cardinals are starting to look for starting pitching help. The deal is this: Kyle Lohse and Brad Penny will likely come back, but no one is quite sure when, and they need to plug the rotation holes.

The unsettling part: Tony La Russa and Dave Duncan, who reportedly initiated the search for pitching, are lobbying for Jeff Suppan.  To which I can only say “eek!”  OK, sure, if there’s anyone you’d trust to fix Jeff Suppan it would be Dave Duncan because he’s the best there is, but he’s still Jeff Suppan, dudes.

Other possibilities mentioned: Kevin Millwood and Brian Bannister. Each, I think, could be intriguing additions. The former is struggling right now and the latter is surging, but I think each of them could do well with some time in the NL.

The one course that seems to have been ruled out is a Pedro Martinez-style reclamation project, which probably makes sense.

  1. nps6724 - Jun 10, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Derek Lowe can be had for the handsome price of shoelaces.

  2. Toaster Runner - Jun 10, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Cliff Lee for Colby Rasmus. The M’s will even throw in Ian Snell.

  3. indy_ralph - Jun 10, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Ha! And the Cardinals will throw in Pujols too! Dayton Moore is the GM across the state, you can try ripping him off again.

  4. bette - Jun 10, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Cliff Lee is an Ace. He would require more than Rasmus, HE WANTS THE YANKEES, no more s mall markets. He won’t move his family for a half season with the Cardinals!

  5. kyle - Jun 10, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    In a team sport, who in their right mind would want to come to the Cardinals, that center everything around Albert Pujols?

  6. indy_ralph - Jun 10, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    1) Cliff Lee has no say in where he goes for the next four months. But if he does so obviously want the Yankees (is he quoted on this?), it makes him LESS valuable to another team.
    2) Rasmus is an age 23 potential all-star under team control for 5 more years. Cliff Lee is an ace, but he’s on the wrong side of 30 and under contract for 4 more months.
    Expecting anything close to Rasmus for Lee is nothing but a dream.

  7. Levi Stahl - Jun 10, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Seriously? Last offseason, the Cardinals picked up the premiere free agent hitter on the market, paying him top dollay. They’ve got two of the handful of best pitchers in the game in their rotation. They’ve got a rookie center fielder who is among the league leadgers in OBP and slugging. And they’ve got a hall-of-fame manager who, for all his quirks, has led them to the postseason eight times in 14 years, seven in the last ten.
    Pujols is the best player in the game, but it’s far from all about Pujols in St. Louis

  8. Levi Stahl - Jun 10, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Sorry–that was supposed to be a reply to kyle, above.
    As for going out and getting pitching, it couldn’t happen soon enough. The whole 40% of the rotation on the DL thing isn’t a lot of fun to watch.

  9. Ross - Jun 10, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Yes, but for the Cardinals, having at least 40% of the rotation and 60% of the bullpen on the DL has been status quo for the last 4-5 years. You should be used to it by now. (and yet somehow they still pull through…)

  10. roadee99 - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    Call Kenny Williams. He’ll likely deal them Mark Beurhle since Beuhrle has always wanted to pitch for his boyhood favorite Redbirds. Maybe even Williams can get something of value in return. On second thought, the way his luck has been going (Peavey, Teahan, Rios etc) maybe not…

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