Alright, I first want to start off by asking, what does our rotation look like next year?
I think its a given we must give Wainwright an extension when the time comes because the guy is a straight out stud and with his surgery healing, and given the success rate these days, there is little doubt he doesn't return to his old self if not better. I think we need to give him a 5 year deal, have him be in a cardinals uniform the rest of his career.
As for Carp, I would not pick up his option but resign him for 2 more years at about 8-9 million a year. We have Westbrook and Jaime coming back...Loshe will be in his last year and we should not resign him and we should resign K-Mac given his young age and potential to be a solid 4th starter. My main question is, do you think Carp would be open to that kind of deal rather then picking up his really expensive team option?
Also, when we can realistically expect Shelby Miller to crack the rotation? I know he's doing very well in the minors but how long will it take for him to be called up and start making an impact?
Next, trade rumors...I heard something that the Mets asked for Colby in return for Jose....I would do it in a heartbeat...move Theriot to second and move Jon Jay to center. Jay is probably equal defensively and the bat that he and Jose bring over Colby is not comparable. Only question is, how do we resign Jose and try and obviously resign Albert? Albert needs to be priority no questions asked and he will be. Also, what will it take to get a guy like Mike Adams or Heath Bell? Im also curious to know is it possible to trade Colby and maybe a minor leaguer for Matt Kemp? I heard he could be available given the dodgers current state and he is only 2 years older than Colby and having an absolute rediculous year. When he would be due to be a free agent, Berkman would probably be gone at that point and we would be able to afford to give him 12-15 mil a year. Would like to hear your thoughts on that.
Finally, I keep hearing that there is some sort of news conference coming up, and I read an article today that someone posted here on VEB that Albert could almost be ready before the all-star break. That would be amazing news and the main thing I'm most concerened for him aside for his health is that he has a chance to continue his streak of .300 30 and 100. His Hr and Avg are definitely obtainable and if he can left his rbi's a little I would love for him to have that streak going to 11 years as it is something that I don't think will ever be accomplished in the next 50 years or so. The fact that you can produce those numbers in your rookie year and continue to do it for the next decade is unfathomable. I just hope he can continue to do so. I think he'll get atleast one more MVP before his time is done and that will really put him in the top 5 greats considering he should've had 5 mvps if it wasn't for juice head Barry.
Anyways, hope everyone has a great holiday and heres to hoping Albert comes back healthy, produces and signs a contract this offseason to keep him in a Cardinal uniform for his career. Also, I wouldn't mind a Reyes or Kemp in there as well but I promise I won't get greedy.