Mark Mulder told both Walt Jocketty and Tony La Russa that the Cardinals fans haven’t seen the real Mark Mulder yet. Even though he won 16 games in 2005, he has never been as good as he can be. I think he is one of the best left handers in the game today if he can get back to the form he had with the Oakland A’s. Just like Luis Gonzalez, his agent is Greg Clifton. Clifton said, "He is a premiere pitcher who did not have a premiere year. But there is a reason for that. And now he’s fixed." Mulder said he had a desire to show the fans in St. Louis the real Mark Mulder. It is very probable that Jocketty will offer him a one year incentive laden deal, sort of a rehab deal if you will, to show that he can get back in the groove. THEN, test the free agent market next off season when he will no doubt command near $10 – 12 million per year if he had a good 2007. Matt Morris did sort of that very same thing, when he came back on a one year deal in 2005. Then he cashed in with the Giants that offseason. In my opinion, I would love to have Mark Mulder on our staff. I didn’t include him in my projected rotation because I tend to think he will take what he can get in the free agent market this year. There aren’t a whole lot of high quality pitchers out there, so he may figure his value hasn’t been hurt. I think the Cardinals stance is appropriate – You are welcome to come back for a certain amount, and if you think you are worth more, then good luck and go get it. I know he has expressed interest in Baltimore, and the Mets have expressed interest in him. This will be an interesting story as it develops. He was one of my favorites, so I hope he re-signs.
So there you have it. Agree? Disagree? Let me hear from you out there…..