12/23/2004: Well, The Gootch is back...
We didn't lose So Taguchi to the organization after all; Taguchi signed with the Cardinals for one year, $550,000.
Though over at The Birdhouse Annex, Brian Walton muses that So's signing doesn't do enough to fix the main problem with our team, the fact that it's aging:
With all the recent trades and signings, the Cardinals are getting longer in the tooth. The players on the current 40-man roster, sitting at 36 in number, average 29.7 years of age. That is third highest in the game, after the Red Sox (30.5) and the Yankees (30.6).Doesn't look like a youth movement, does it?
Looking at the projected 25-man roster based on what we know today, not surprisingly it gets worse, at 30.56 years of age on average. I assumed a roster of 12 pitchers, with the starting shortstop and second baseman open and generously allowing young Hector Luna to keep his backup role in the middle infield.
UPDATE: Just received word via email that the Cardinals have apparently signed former Angels shortstop David Eckstein. At least one of our middle infield positions is filled now.
Len on 12.23.04 @ 06:07 PM CST