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The Cardinals are only looking at internal options to replace Ryan Franklin at closer

Apr 19, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

ryan franklin posing

With the off day there was not much news on the Cardinals’ closer front yesterday, but Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch did track down GM John Mozeliak, who confirmed that he’s not looking at making a deal at the moment:

“Right now, (Franklin) is going through some tough times and we’ve got to figure out a way to work through it. There’s not a whole lot you can do. Either he has more success, or somebody else gets the opportunity … all the options are internal.”

Those internal options include Mitchell Boggs, Miguel Batista Jason Motte and, if La Russa is willing to take a risk, Eduardo Sanchez.  I’d go with either Boggs or Sanchez because it would be nice to have a closer who actually strikes guys out and isn’t prone to the gopher ball, but you can’t really predict what Tony La Russa will do.

Remember, the Cardinals won a World Series in 2006 with Adam Wainwright as their closer, and he had never really pitched from the pen before that.  Anything is possible with Tony.

  1. spudchukar - Apr 19, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Why is a gopher ball, called a gopher ball? The go-fer isn’t satisfying. Any ideas?

    • wlschneider09 - Apr 19, 2011 at 1:30 PM

      I believe it’s gopher as in “go four”, meaning go four bases.

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