Thursday, March 20, 2008

'08 RAPs: St Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals have had, in my opinion, one of the best off-seasons of any team in the MLB. I love the signing of Kyle Lohse and acquisition of Troy Glaus.
Here are the moves the Cards made this off-season:
-Signed pitcher Kyle Lohse to a one-year contract.
-Acquired third baseman Troy Glaus from the Toronto Blue Jays for third baseman Scott Rolen.
-Signed first baseman-catcher Josh Phelps to a minor league contract.
-Signed pitcher Matt Clement to a one-year contract with a club option for 2009.
-Signed shortstop Cesar Izturis to a one-year contract.
-Acquired infielder David Freese from San Diego for outfielder Jim Edmonds.

Pitching Staff:
SP1: Adam Wainwright
SP2: Kyle Lohse
SP3/4/5: Braden Looper/Joel Pinero/Anthony Reyes
CL: Jason Isringhaussen

C: Yadier Molina
1B: Albert Pujols
2B: Adam Kennedy
SS: Cesar Izturis/Aaron Miles/Brendon Ryan
3B: Troy Glaus
LF: Chris Duncan
CF: Rick Ankiel
RF: Brian Barton/Skip Schumaker

Easiest- The Cardinals will finish under .500.
Boldest- Kyle Lohse will lead the NL Central in wins.
Team MVP- Albert Pujols (30-35 HRs, 110-130 RBIs)
Best Season/Breakout Player- Kyle Lohse (14-17 wins, sub-3.80 ERA, 190-210 Ks)

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