i'll have results from the encarnacion projection this afternoon (still time to post your numbers if you haven't already). this morning we focus on another stl outfielder, jim edmonds, on which subject ken rosenthal drizzled some ink this weekend at fox sports. the article, titled "Cardinals will have to decide on Edmonds," reviews (in not-great depth) the team's options concerning jimmy after 2006 -- viz., pick up his option for $10m for 2007, buy him out for $3m, or restructure the contract (adding years but decreasing the per-year salary). the article itself is far less interesting than the discussion thread about it at Baseball Think Factory. scroll down to comment #10 and read this from cardinal stat counselor mitchel lichtman, aka mgl:
I think that Wang is the real deal too, and ought to remain an above-average starter, which is a very valuable commodity, given that league-average FA starters command 8 mil a year or so. He was very good (his MLE) in the minors so it was not surprising that he would have pitched so well in 05.
please don't jump in with long comments explaining why this trade wouldn't make any sense -- because it surely wouldn't make sense now, after three months' worth of signings and trades. but it might have made some sense back in november, when the rumor first surfaced. the salary saved by edmonds' departure could have been used to acquire the then-unsigned brian giles, making the trade in essence edmonds for cano, wang, and giles -- a pretty clear gain for the cards. or maybe the cards would have put the money into yet another starting pitcher (burnett?) and then traded from their deep pitching surplus for help in the outfield.
anyway, the important point here isn't whether or not the edmonds-cano-wang rumor had any substance behind it. the point is that trading edmonds to restructure the payroll isn't out of the question -- and that's coming straight from a member of the cards' decision-making chorus.
one last item: for some worthwhile reading you may have missed over the weekend, check out cardnilly's post about the best player to wear 57 in franchise history.