So no Meche, Lilly or Schmidt. No Bonds. No Gonzo. Not even Dotel.
That's ok. I wouldn't have wanted the Cards to make any of the deals those guys ended up with, except Schmidt of course, who, as has been stated, never wanted to come here. Burnett money for Meche? $5 million for Dotel? $16 million for Bonds? No thanks.
Looking at the Crystal Ball I forsee:
Relative to 2006, I see improvement in left, center, catcher, and the starting rotation, and no part of the team will be any worse, except for Pujols who will slump to .328/.415/.640
The Cards win 91 games and the Central division unless Houston brings back Clemens and Pettitte, in which case we're competing for the wild card.
Grade for Jocketty and Co. this offseason: B