The focus is again on Jon Lieber, Carl Pavano, and whoever the Dodgers might give up (Mark Hendrickson?) The Cardinals don’t really need any of these guys, but rumors will probably float about all spring because much of their rotation is unproven. I say, trust the youth! PECOTA has Reyes at a 3.89 ERA, Wainwright at 4.00. Thus the team has one ace, two very solid youngsters, a nice project in Kip Wells in the #4 slot, and a host of solid candidates for the last. I know there’s a faction of Cardinals fans who think their rotation is better than last year’s. I agree.
The article also mentions that Walt Jocketty will attempt to sign David Eckstein to an extension this spring. PECOTA says $21MM for 2008-10. Shouldn’t be a problem.