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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
18 349 1925 121 101 0 4.29 28
Birth Date5-24-1978
Height6' 4"
Weight270 lbs
Age41 years, 3 months, 0 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2000 FLO MLB 23 22 119.7 8 7 0 120 60 80 13 107 9.0 4.5 1.0 6.0 0% .288 1.50 4.75 4.81 100 5.04 97.1 1.6
2001 FLO MLB 31 31 205.0 10 10 0 183 54 154 15 96 8.0 2.4 0.7 6.8 0% .279 1.16 3.34 3.69 83 3.39 70.3 5.5
2002 FLO MLB 24 24 129.3 8 7 0 148 50 93 18 100 10.3 3.5 1.3 6.5 0% .316 1.53 4.42 4.66 97 4.89 105.0 1.1
2003 FLO MLB 32 32 196.3 14 10 0 195 56 138 21 98 8.9 2.6 1.0 6.3 0% .293 1.28 3.86 4.13 94 3.91 81.9 4.0
2004 FLO 0 21 21 131.3 8 8 0 124 39 105 10 91 8.5 2.7 0.7 7.2 0% .294 1.24 3.29 3.15 91 3.31 68.3 3.6
2004 LAN 0 3 3 11.7 1 2 0 6 6 6 2 88 4.6 4.6 1.5 4.6 0% .129 1.03 5.69 3.09 88 2.89 59.6 0.4
2005 LAN MLB 29 29 175.3 7 9 0 185 41 122 17 96 9.5 2.1 0.9 6.3 0% .303 1.29 3.60 3.90 87 3.19 68.6 4.6
2006 LAN MLB 34 33 189.0 16 9 0 206 54 148 19 96 9.8 2.6 0.9 7.0 0% .321 1.38 3.84 4.33 89 3.93 80.0 3.9
2007 LAN MLB 33 33 208.0 16 4 0 199 73 135 9 100 8.6 3.2 0.4 5.8 0% .295 1.31 3.56 3.03 93 3.79 78.5 4.4
2008 LAN MLB 19 17 94.7 6 9 0 112 42 51 13 92 10.6 4.0 1.2 4.8 0% .312 1.63 5.23 6.27 112 5.89 125.7 -0.4
2009 BOS 0 24 24 131.7 7 8 0 160 42 89 17 111 10.9 2.9 1.2 6.1 0% .327 1.53 4.53 5.61 108 5.56 119.2 0.0
2009 SFN 0 6 6 41.7 4 1 0 31 9 20 5 89 6.7 1.9 1.1 4.3 0% .205 0.96 4.30 2.59 98 3.79 81.4 0.8
2010 SLN MLB 9 9 55.7 3 4 0 63 9 35 4 90 10.2 1.5 0.6 5.7 0% .326 1.29 3.42 3.23 89 3.64 82.1 1.1
2011 DET MLB 31 31 181.7 11 11 0 222 62 74 24 107 11.0 3.1 1.2 3.7 0% .310 1.56 5.05 5.30 118 5.91 137.4 -1.8
2012 SFN MLB 22 0 28.0 0 1 0 42 9 10 4 92 13.5 2.9 1.3 3.2 0% .349 1.82 5.34 6.11 113 5.74 131.5 -0.3
2014 MIA MLB 8 4 26.0 2 1 0 34 13 13 3 104 11.8 4.5 1.0 4.5 0% .344 1.81 5.21 6.58 124 5.94 145.6 -0.4
2004 TOT MLB 24 24 143.0 9 10 0 130 45 111 12 90 8.2 2.8 0.8 7.0 0% .000 1.22 3.49 3.15 91 3.28 67.6 3.9
2009 TOT MLB 30 30 173.3 11 9 0 191 51 109 22 105 9.9 2.6 1.1 5.7 0% .000 1.40 4.47 4.88 106 5.14 110.1 0.8
CareerMLB3493191925.0121101020306191273194999.52.90.96.049%.3021.384.074.29974.3191.927.9

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1997 SBN A MDW 25 25 118.7 10 5 0 91 43 116 4 6.9 3.3 0.3 8.8 0% .270 1.13 3.13 2.73 0 0.00 0.0
1998 HDS A+ CLF 28 28 164.0 14 5 0 138 35 207 15 7.6 1.9 0.8 11.4 0% -.479 1.05 3.07 2.96 0 0.00 0.0
1999 ELP AA TXS 17 17 90.0 2 7 0 109 25 100 9 10.9 2.5 0.9 10.0 0% -.746 1.49 3.30 4.80 0 0.00 0.0
1999 PME AA EAS 6 6 32.3 1 0 0 28 14 35 3 7.8 3.9 0.8 9.8 0% -.481 1.30 3.60 3.90 0 0.00 0.0
2000 FLO MLB NL 23 22 119.7 8 7 0 120 60 80 13 107 9.0 4.5 1.0 6.0 0% .288 1.50 4.75 4.81 100 5.04 97.1
2000 BRV A+ FSL 2 2 8.0 0 1 0 5 4 11 0 5.6 4.5 0.0 12.4 0% -.333 1.13 2.14 1.13 0 0.00 0.0
2000 CLG AAA PCL 3 3 15.0 2 0 0 8 10 16 1 4.8 6.0 0.6 9.6 0% -.259 1.20 4.31 1.80 0 0.00 0.0
2001 FLO MLB NL 31 31 205.0 10 10 0 183 54 154 15 96 8.0 2.4 0.7 6.8 0% .279 1.16 3.34 3.69 83 3.39 70.3
2002 FLO MLB NL 24 24 129.3 8 7 0 148 50 93 18 100 10.3 3.5 1.3 6.5 0% .316 1.53 4.42 4.66 97 4.89 105.0
2002 JUP A+ FSL 2 2 7.7 0 0 0 5 0 9 0 5.8 0.0 0.0 10.5 0% .263 0.65 0.83 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2003 FLO MLB NL 32 32 196.3 14 10 0 195 56 138 21 98 8.9 2.6 1.0 6.3 0% .293 1.28 3.86 4.13 94 3.91 81.9
2004 FLO MLB NL 21 21 131.3 8 8 0 124 39 105 10 91 8.5 2.7 0.7 7.2 0% .294 1.24 3.29 3.15 91 3.31 68.3
2004 LAN MLB NL 3 3 11.7 1 2 0 6 6 6 2 88 4.6 4.6 1.5 4.6 0% .129 1.03 5.69 3.09 88 2.89 59.6
2005 LAN MLB NL 29 29 175.3 7 9 0 185 41 122 17 96 9.5 2.1 0.9 6.3 0% .303 1.29 3.60 3.90 87 3.19 68.6
2005 VRO A+ FSL 1 1 5.0 1 0 0 2 1 3 1 3.6 1.8 1.8 5.4 0% -.200 0.60 5.45 1.80 0 0.00 0.0
2005 LVG AAA PCL 1 1 6.0 1 0 0 5 2 9 1 113 7.5 3.0 1.5 13.5 0% -.333 1.17 3.67 3.00 59 1.90 37.5
2006 LAN MLB NL 34 33 189.0 16 9 0 206 54 148 19 96 9.8 2.6 0.9 7.0 0% .321 1.38 3.84 4.33 89 3.93 80.0
2007 LAN MLB NL 33 33 208.0 16 4 0 199 73 135 9 100 8.6 3.2 0.4 5.8 0% .295 1.31 3.56 3.03 93 3.79 78.5
2008 LAN MLB NL 19 17 94.7 6 9 0 112 42 51 13 92 10.6 4.0 1.2 4.8 0% .312 1.63 5.23 6.27 112 5.89 125.7
2008 LVG AAA PCL 1 1 4.0 0 0 0 6 1 4 0 110 13.5 2.3 0.0 9.0 0% .429 1.75 2.23 4.50 87 6.85 140.1
2009 BOS MLB AL 24 24 131.7 7 8 0 160 42 89 17 111 10.9 2.9 1.2 6.1 0% .327 1.53 4.53 5.61 108 5.56 119.2
2009 SFN MLB NL 6 6 41.7 4 1 0 31 9 20 5 89 6.7 1.9 1.1 4.3 0% .205 0.96 4.30 2.59 98 3.79 81.4
2010 SLN MLB NL 9 9 55.7 3 4 0 63 9 35 4 90 10.2 1.5 0.6 5.7 0% .326 1.29 3.42 3.23 89 3.64 82.1
2011 DET MLB AL 31 31 181.7 11 11 0 222 62 74 24 107 11.0 3.1 1.2 3.7 0% .310 1.56 5.05 5.30 118 5.91 137.4
2012 SFN MLB NL 22 0 28.0 0 1 0 42 9 10 4 92 13.5 2.9 1.3 3.2 0% .349 1.82 5.34 6.11 113 5.74 131.5
2012 SJO A+ CAL 2 1 2.0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 101 9.0 4.5 0.0 4.5 0% .286 1.50 4.30 0.00 111 5.23 109.0
2012 FRE AAA PCL 8 0 9.3 1 0 0 10 3 3 0 9.6 2.9 0.0 2.9 0% .286 1.39 3.98 4.82 107 4.98 103.8
2012 GIA Rk AZL 1 1 1.0 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 89 18.0 9.0 0.0 9.0 0% .500 3.00 8.34 18.00 101 5.52 115.0
2014 MIA MLB NL 8 4 26.0 2 1 0 34 13 13 3 104 11.8 4.5 1.0 4.5 0% .344 1.81 5.21 6.58 124 5.94 145.6
2014 JUP A+ FSL 2 2 10.7 0 2 0 10 0 4 0 98 8.4 0.0 0.0 3.4 0% .270 0.94 2.91 5.06 101 4.00 84.6
2014 NWO AAA PCL 5 5 27.7 2 2 0 26 9 26 0 86 8.5 2.9 0.0 8.5 0% .338 1.27 2.90 2.28 84 3.97 83.9
2015 CHR AAA INT 24 24 135.3 7 10 0 173 33 81 11 108 11.5 2.2 0.7 5.4 0% .350 1.52 3.85 4.46 103 6.02 131.9

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 1652 0.5012 0.4370 0.8352 0.6027 0.2706 0.8838 0.7265 0.1648
2009 2880 0.5181 0.4500 0.8488 0.6260 0.2608 0.8822 0.7624 0.1512
2010 799 0.5056 0.4894 0.8159 0.6757 0.2987 0.8755 0.6780 0.1841
2011 2995 0.4725 0.4297 0.8811 0.6240 0.2557 0.9173 0.8020 0.1189
2012 436 0.5161 0.4885 0.8685 0.6622 0.3033 0.9396 0.7031 0.1315
2014 448 0.5089 0.4174 0.8930 0.5658 0.2636 0.9302 0.8103 0.1070
Career92100.49860.44470.85710.62430.26630.89840.76100.1429

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-08-14 2012-09-01 15-DL 18 16 Right Shoulder Impingement - -
2010-05-21 2010-10-04 60-DL 136 120 Right Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi -
2010-03-28 2010-04-01 Camp 4 0 Left Lower Leg Contusion -
2009-02-15 2009-03-23 Camp 36 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2008-09-16 2008-10-16 60-DL 30 12 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2008-08-14 2008-09-10 15-DL 27 25 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2008-06-15 2008-08-08 15-DL 54 46 Right Shoulder Inflammation Bursitis -
2008-05-18 2008-05-19 DTD 1 1 Right Forearm Stiffness -
2007-07-26 2007-07-26 DTD 0 0 Abdomen Cramp -
2007-07-06 2007-07-06 DTD 0 0 Right Fingers Blister Index Finger -
2006-09-28 2006-09-28 DTD 0 0 Low Back Soreness -
2006-05-29 2006-05-29 DTD 0 0 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2006-05-12 2006-05-12 DTD 0 0 Low Back Stiffness -
2006-04-23 2006-04-25 DTD 2 2 General Medical Illness -
2005-09-22 2005-10-03 DTD 11 11 Right Forearm Tightness -
2005-04-05 2005-04-24 15-DL 19 17 Right Upper Arm Strain Biceps Nerve Injury -
2005-02-21 2005-04-03 Camp 41 0 Right Upper Arm Strain Biceps and Nerve Irritation -
2004-09-24 2004-10-10 DTD 16 10 Right Upper Arm Strain Biceps and Nerve Irritation -
2004-08-09 2004-09-22 15-DL 44 40 Right Upper Arm Strain Biceps and Nerve Irritation -
2003-09-15 2003-09-20 DTD 5 4 Right Elbow Hyperextension -
2003-05-23 2003-05-24 DTD 1 1 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2002-05-19 2002-07-02 15-DL 44 39 Right Shoulder Inflammation Biceps -
2000-07-14 2000-09-01 15-DL 49 43 Right Shoulder Sprain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2012 SFN $
2011 DET $3,000,000
2010 SLN $7,500,000
2009 BOS $5,000,000
2008 LAN $8,500,000
2007 LAN $7,500,000
2006 LAN $4,500,000
2005 LAN $5,100,000
2004 FLO $3,725,000
2003 FLO $1,875,000
2002 FLO $377,500
2001 FLO $260,000
2000 FLO $200,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
12 yrPrevious$47,537,500
12 yrTotal$47,537,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 148 dBrian Peters1 year (2016)

Details
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Toronto as a free agent 12/18/15 (minor-league contract). Retired 3/18/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent 1/22/15 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 1/16/14 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors. May earn additional $1.5M in performance bonuses based on games, innings pitched. May opt out of contract if not on Major League roster 4/2/14. Released by Kansas City 3/7/14. Signed by Miami as a free agent 6/18/14 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Miami 8/9/14.
  • 2013. Did not play.
  • 1 year/$4M (2012), plus 2013 mutual option. Signed by Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League 2/5/12. May earn additional $3.5M in performance bonuses. Released by Fukuoka 5/8/12. Signed by San Francisco as a free agent 5/19/12 (minor-league contract). Pro-rated salary of $0.5M in majors. Contract purchased by San Francisco 6/29/12.
  • 1 year/$3M (2011). Signed by Detroit as a free agent 1/11. $3M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$7.5M (2010). Signed by St. Louis as a free agent 12/7/09. $1.5M in performance bonuses (to 204 IP).
  • 1 year/$5M (2009). Signed by Boston as a free agent 12/29/08. Released 8/27/09. Signed by San Francisco as a free agent 8/31/09 (minor-league contract).
  • 3 years/$25.5M (2006-08), plus 2009 club option. Signed extension with LA Dodgers 6/05. $3M signing bonus (paid January '06, '07, '08). 06:$4.5M, 07:$7.5M, 08:$8.5M, 09:$8.75M club option $2M buyout. Limited no-trade protection.
  • 1 year/$5.1M (2005). Re-signed 1/05 (avoided arbitration, $5.7M-$4.7M). Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 160, 180 IP. $50,000 for 200 IP.
  • 1 year/$3.725M (2004). Re-signed 1/04 (avoided arbitration). Acquired in trade from Florida 7/04.
  • 1 year/$1.875M (2003). Re-signed 1/03 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$377,500 (2002). Signed 3/02.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-05-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are the chances A. Oliver sticks in the DET rotation?
(paulbellows from Calgary)
Slim this time, unless the Tigers are willing to move Brad Penny into the bullpen or onto another team. (R.J. Anderson)
2010-11-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)How does Brad Penny suit you and what do you think he fetches in this mkt?
(Matt from Chicago)
He's not really my type, but in this market, Brad Penny fetches Karina Smirnoff, to judge by their recent engagement. And that was before he started getting into the best shape of his life. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-11-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm hearing Brad Penny is getting in great shape. Is he worth a shot on a 1yr incentive-laden deal?
(Matt from Chicago)
If your team doctors think they can keep him healthy, absolutely. One year deals work out well frequently enough, and they don't cripple your team's finances going forward. He definitely showed excellent control early this year while he was playing. (Matt Swartz)
2010-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will the Pirates go after a Lance Bergman or Jorge Cantu type at 1B, hoping for a rebound season? And same for SP's (say maybe a Javy Vasquez, Millwood , Chris Young, etc)?
(sweet lou from Pitt)
Their priority is starting pitching and I can see them going after a couple of free agents who are coming off tough or injury-plauged seasons who would be looking more for a chance to pitch every five days than being on a contender. The three you mention fit that description and I wouldn't discount someone like Brad Penny or Erik Bedard, too. (John Perrotto)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in a shallow 8 team league with some friends. I drafter Chipper, but grabbed Headley on the waiver wire. Do I drop Chipper and grab a pitcher? Jaime Garcia, Brad Penny, Phil Hughes, Brett Cecil, and Wade Davis are all available. Bonus round: I already snagged CJ Wilson off the wire. Do you like any of the guys I listed better than CJ? Thanks!
(Gregjitsu from Cal)
I like C.J. Wilson a lot. I think he's like Buehrle with more strikeouts (more walks too, though). I wonder why he started out as a reliever, because he's got the stuff and repertoire to be a starter.

Hughes, Cecil or Davis would all be worthwhile IMO. Cecil will probably give you the fewest wins though, when the Jays remember they are the Jays. (Marc Normandin)
2010-04-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)How long before Brad Penny turns into a pumpkin?
(Bill from New Mexico)
I'm very bullish on Penny and have been for the last couple of years. Especially now that he's with Dave Duncan there is no reason to expect him to implode. It's easy to forget how good he was only three years ago, and from 2001-07 for that matter. I'll gladly take my chances on a guy who throws 95 and is now dedicating himself to inducing grounders. (Eric Seidman)
2010-03-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Cardinals pitching prospect Jaime Garcia has looked downright evil this spring, but doesn't seem to be in serious consideration for the rotation, which definitely has a vacancy. What's going on, Christina? Flash-in-the-pan syndrome? Justifiable desire to hold the workload down for a TJ survivor? Or a noxious manifestation of Dave Duncan's aversion to working with young pitchers, particularly starters?
(Bill from New Mexico)
Hi Bill, always a pleasure to see you on the boards... I think it's very much a matter of politburo-style turnitis, in that it isn't his turn yet. He's having a great camp, he's coming back from injury, and especially because of April scheduling, I could see him spending the first month or two getting regular starts for Memphis. By June, we'll know if McClellan's calling for reinforcements (inevitable, if you ask any Civil War buff), or if Rich Hill's redeemable and that's just in the fifth spot. Duncan's deserved reputation or no, I'm just not that wild on bets that Kyle Lohse and Brad Penny will be totally fine, so I think Garcia's going to be put to work at some point this season. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-01-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)The Cardinals signed Rich Hill--any chance Dave Duncan can get his career off life support?
(dwiest12 from NoVA)
If anyone can and if his arm is sound, it's Duncan, and it isn't like Hill's that far removed from being a very good big-league pitcher. That said, questions about his arm and his head will have to be answered. I may have seemed overly flip in suggesting that he could be the Cards' third-best starter this year, but it was something of a poorly-put left-handed compliment, because Lohse has to come back and I'm not really wild about Brad Penny. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-08-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Tigers sign Brad Penny, or can they put some faith in Nate Robertson/Armando Galaraga not sucking down the stretch?
(David from Winston Salem)
I'd just as soon stick with Robertston/Galarraga. (John Perrotto)
2009-06-05 15:30:00 (link to chat)With Smoltz and Buchholz close to being available, who do the Red Sox take out of the rotation? Is a Wakefield phantom DL imminent?
(David from Boston)
This is an example of a good problem to have and why it pays off to not just have depth at a position, but a slew of solid contributors who could benefit plenty of other teams. Wakefield shouldn't have to go to the DL to make room for either Smoltz or Buchholz. Teams are going to be calling about Brad Penny and the Sox should be able to get something tangible in return. Smoltz has a questionable history of health and so any contributions from him should be considered a bonus. The great thing about Wake is that you can relegate him to the bullpen and not risk him really hurting himself with the different methods of warming up. So, perhaps they can unload Penny and push Wakefield to the bullpen until someone gets hurt. Or, let Buchholz start from the pen and work his way into the majors. AAA isn't MLB. (Eric Seidman)
2009-05-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Joe, thanks for the chat. Fantasy baseball question: I can pick up John Smoltz, but doing so would put me just a few dollars below our league salary cap, limiting moves I can make later on in the season unless I make trades to move salary. Do you think Smoltz will be coming back and putting up decent numbers in the second half the season? Or is picking him up just too risky?
(Dennis from Monterey Park, CA)
I think it's risky just because of the Sox' pitching depth. I expect Smoltz to be effective when healthy, but at some point they have to call up Buchholz, right? And even Brad Penny has started pitching well. It might be tough for Smoltz to carve out a role. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-04-10 16:30:00 (link to chat)Hi Christina, thanks for reading my question. Do you think the Red Sox erred by signing Brad Penny? I'm of the belief that Clay Buchholz is ready now, and with John Smoltz (supposedly) on the way, I'm not seeing a way short of a ton of injuries that Buchholz makes it up to Boston this year. Oh, and great idea for BP Idol.
(mattymatty from Philly)
No problem matty, thanks for taking the time to drop by and ask it. ;)

I think Penny was probably the pitcher too far, but to some extent it's defensible. They didn't make a major commitment, it's not a mistake the way "winning" on Burnett was for the Yankees, they still control Buchholz, and in the AL East arms race, keeping up with the Joneses is a natural enough impulse. I think the Sox are fine; as I noted in TA, that pen's ridiculously stacked.

As for Idol, I had nothing to do with the concept, I just get to tell people they look great up there for coming up with it. As is, it's wonderful to see how much enthusiasm there is for the idea, and my hope is that we do find the next Keith Law or Keith Woolner or Dan Fox, the new James Click or Caleb Peiffer. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-04-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many starts will we have to endure with Brad Penny until the Sox realize Buchholz was the answer all along? I say 3.
(Gavin from County Ct.)
More than that, but the next time Buchholz leaves the minors will be the last. He may be the Red Sox' second-best starting pitcher by October. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you're the Cardinals, what moves would you make for the rotation, second and SS? Randy Johnson a 1 year deal? Brad Penny? Orlando Hudson? With the Brewers losing their big starters, I think the Cardinals could win the wildcard if they make a couple of good moves...
(MikeJordan23 from Brooklyn)
They definitely need pitching, and renting Randy might pay off. He had a good year in the end. Penny scares me, and I've written a bunch of times about the team that signs Hudson is paying for good defense and a park effect (which is not to say that the Cards don't need help there). I just wonder how much they can count on the offense next year. Pujols should be Pujols and we should probably expect consistency from Glaus, but the whole OF is a question mark, esp. if they decide to sell high on Ludwick. Can they do better at shortstop? Can Ankiel stay healthy? It's possible they patch the pitching and they stop scoring... (Steven Goldman)


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