ESPN.com's Buster Olney breaks down last night's ALCS contest in detail before turning to some rumors. Here they are:
- Olney can see Tony La Russa returning to manage the Cardinals for a final season in 2010.
- Could Mark Mulder end up in Milwaukee? His former pitching coach, Rick Peterson, has joined the Brewers, who are looking for starting pitching. Brewers manager Ken Macha managed the A's when Mulder was in his prime. As Olney points out, Mulder won't be expensive.
- The Braves are determining the trade market for Kenshin Kawakami and Derek Lowe. They're more likely to bring Tim Hudson back if they anticipate a trade market for Kawakami or Lowe.
- Talks with Hudson should accelerate in the next week or so.