Tuesday, December 23, 2008

'tis the off-season

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Cardinals' fans! 

Between finals, graduation, holiday shopping, family coming in from across the Atlantic, and n-o-t-h-i-n-g happening with the roster, I may have neglected my blogging duties for a while, but I'm back now, so breathe easy. I just wish there was something really exciting and interesting to write about. Even if it was negative. But no such luck. 

The one thing that is developing (and has been for some time) is the Brian Fuentes saga. Sounds like we're not getting the lefty/closer after all, but I'm okay with that. In fact, I'm more than okay. I've made peace with the fact that we aren't going to be pulling in any big names this off-season, and to be honest, I'm not sure why I ever thought it was possible. I guess maybe there was eggnog involved. The whole situation was being manipulated from start on by Mr. Disreputable himself, Scott Boras, and it all comes down to where Mark Teixeira signs. 

Long story short, with the Angels out of the Tex-mix, that leaves them free to finally truly pursue Fuentes, and in effect, ruin any miserable chance the Cards had to lure him to STL. Like I said, fine with me. So with all this extra non-Fuentes money we've got, where do we go with it? The other possible closer options have mostly been grabbed up, although Hoffman is still available. 

I doubt very sincerely that Tony's New Year's resolutions will include giving the younger guys a chance, so do we paddle around with the same leaky pontoon boat of a bullpen we had last year and hope the patches hold? Or do we focus our efforts on finding someone to come in and cover the gap while we wait for the newbies to come into their own? Tough choice? I'll give you two guesses. 

I still have more shopping to do, but things have settled down, so I promise to come up with something exciting and interesting soon! Even if I have to make it up....