It sure must be a nice problem to have – too much quality pitching. Danny Knobler at CBS Sports wrote yesterday the St. Louis Cardinals, who are currently leading the Boston Red Sox 2-1 in World Series, will potentially have the unique issue of having more pitchers than they know what to do with. The Toronto Blue Jays are in desperate need of arms for 2014 so could they attempt to benefit from this “problem” the Cardinals have? Knobler addresses that St. Louis may have as many as ten candidates for next year’s starting rotation. Trevor Rosenthal didn’t start a game in 2013 but has been extremely impressive as the Cardinals closer. Last night he threw 1.2 scoreless innings and struck out two batters. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cardinals attempt to move him to the rotation next year as he’s been lights out with an incredible 12.3 K/9 and only 2.4 BB/9. Even if he isn’t immediately transitioned into a starter there’s no way that this electric, controllable arm is going anywhere. Adam Wainwright is scheduled to earn $97.5 million the next five seasons ($19.5M per) and the 32-year-old pitcher won’t be a free agent until he’s 37. He’s been a stud for the Cardinals so I would assume he’s not going anywhere plus the timing of his contract means it will expire around the same time many of the Cards best young arms come up for free agency. However arbitration issues could mean St. Louis at least considers the idea moving Wainwright at peak value. Not that the Toronto Blue Jays could afford such a price with a lack of top-end prospects to deal. Knobler also shares that current set-up man Carlos Martinez could receive consideration as a starter next season. He started one game in 2013 and showed sustained velocity (his final pitch measured at 99 MPH). In 10 postseason appearances Martinez has posted a 0.8 WHIP and a 3:1 K/BB ratio. His big arm would most likely mean mucho interest so if Martinez finds himself as the odd man out there’s a chance the Cardinals could consider shopping the Dominican native. However, that chance is most likely remote. Michael Wacha, 22, has previously received media attention in Toronto after Bob Elliott wrote in the Sun a story titled “Blue Jays could have had Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha“. I didn’t get a chance to give my insights on the four paragraph story but basically in my opinion it’s entirely unfair to compare Wacha, 22, who was drafted as a three-year college player out of Texas A&M to outfielder D.J. Davis, 19, who the Blue Jays signed out of high school. Davis was drafted 17th in 2012 and with Wacha selected two picks later.
Will Blue Jays target Cardinals Pitching Depth?
Jays Journal | Oct 27