Mark Mulder just re-signed with the Cardinals about an hour ago. It was a 2 year deal worth $13 Million, with an option for a third year. It is an incentive laden contract, that could possibly bring the total contract to $45 million over the 3 year period. The Mulder signing takes our rotation and makes it that much stronger. He will not play a full season this year, but I am hoping he pitches about 2/3 of the season. I have heard anything from May till the All Star break as far as speculation for his return. This gives the Cardinals a rotation of Carpenter, Mulder, Wainwright, Wells, & Reyes. We still have our other options of Brad Thompson, Braden Looper, or Chris Narveson to fill Mulder’s spot until he returns. I personally would like to see Narveson given the shot to make the team. This signing also changes the level of desire for Jeff Weaver.
I imagine we will still talk to him, but we don’t need him near as bad as we did at this time yesterday. I knew Walt would come through, and I am tired of all the Cardinals fans who consider our team cheap when it comes to spending money. I prefer to think of us as smart and prudent. I have seen crazy money thrown at talent in years past, but this is the first ever off-season where I have seen crazy money thrown at mediocrity. I mean Gil Meche for around $10 million, give me a break! So I am glad that the Cardinals are willing to spend but spend wisely. I feel like today we took a big step towards success in ’07.
So there you have it. Agree? Disagree? Let me hear from you out there….