Sorry for the slow down on posts recently. The AFL is starting this week, and more winter ball leagues are starting soon this month as well, so we will be on that. Roarke and the robot have been taking a little bit of a sabbatical, but are expected to get back into the swing of things soon as well. It won’t be long and we’ll start cranking out prospect profiles, rankings and what have ya..
While I’m glad the Cardinals put together a nice little win streak to end the season with their heads up high, it could have cost them in the draft. Right now they project to pick 19th in the draft, putting them past the cut off point of having a protected first round pick. That means if they sign a type A free agent they will forfeit their first round pick. With extra money to spend this offseason, that is entirely possible.
Here are some projected type A’s that could interest the Cardinals:
- Orlando Hudson
- Orlando Cabrera
- Edgar Renteria (assuming offered arbitration, which looks unlikely. Let me know if I’m not understanding the rules correctly)
- A.J. Burnett (if he declines team mutual option)
- C.C. Sabathia (Longest of long shots)
- Ryan Dempster
- Mike Mussina
- Ben Sheets
- Oliver Perez
- Derek Lowe
- Damaso Marte (club option)
- Darren Oliver
- K-Rod (yeah, right)
- Brian Fuentes
- Juan Cruz
- Doug Brocail
- Kerry Wood
Russ Springer is a projected Type A himself, but last I heard, he’s comtemplating retirement. Braden Looper is a type B, making him a no brainer when it comes to arbitration time. Then again, I thought the same thing about Eckstein. There’s not a name on that list that is worth forfeiting their first round pick that I could see the Cardinals signing. K-Rod and C.C. are going to price themselves out of the Cardinals grasp. Orlando Hudson or Ryan Dempster I could see intriguing them. If they forfeit their first round pick for a middle reliever, I will lose it.