It's official. Adam Wainwright will have Tommy John surgery on Monday and will be out 12-18 months. The best case scenario is he returns to form by June-July 2012. The Cardinals have alot of choices to replace Wainwright, including Ian Snell, Kyle McLellan, and PJ Walters, and if they look outside the organization-they could sign Kevin Millwood or Jeremy Bonderman. Either way, I think they are at best a 3rd place team in the NL Central behind the Brewers and Reds.
I read yesterday that Hanley Ramirez wants to steal more bases in 2011. Is that due to the fact that his power has dropped the last two years? He stole 32 bases in 2010, and has stolen 51, 51, 35, 27 and 32 in his five full seasons in the majors. Could he steal 35-40 in 2011?
More offseason thoughts after the jump:
Speaking of Hanley running more. I assume with him batting 3rd, ahead of Mike Stanton, who will bat cleanup, Stanton should see more fastballs in 2011.
Yankees catching prospect Jesus Montero will be getting a long look this spring and he could break camp with the team this year. That is what Joe Girardi is hinting at in this article written by Jack Curry:
As Manager Joe Girardi discussed Montero’s future on Wednesday, he offered indications that Montero will be Russell Martin’s backup. Girardi wants to study Montero’s catching abilities across full Spring Training games to see if Montero maintains defensive consistency, but he sounded enthused, not reluctant, about having Montero in the big leagues.
Girardi said Montero could benefit playing twice a week with the Yankees because he and Tony Pena, a former Gold Glove catcher, could tutor Montero every day.
If this is true I would bump Montero into the Top 10 AL-only catchers, with a chance he is in the top 5 if he plays everyday.
When asked if Brackman could be factor Yanks this yr, Cashman said yes. "U might see all of them," he said, of Brackman,Noesi,Warren, Phelps@NYCJayhawk The Yanks are really high on Brackman. Cashman and Girardi both raved about him. Betances prob has best future as #1 or 2.about 7 hours ago via web in reply to NYCJayhawk