The Cardinals came to terms with starting pitcher Mark Mulder, the biggest pitching name left on the open market. The deal is worth a reported 13 million dollars over two years. If Mulder stays healthy enough to make 30 starts in both 2007 and 2008, Peter Gammons says incentives could bring the deal to as much as 45 million over three years.
Mulder is expected to miss the first half of the season as he recovers from rotator cuff surgery. Mulder was 6-7 with a 7.14 ERA in 17 starts last year. He was sidelined from June 22 to Aug. 23 with rotator cuff damage and what the team called an impingement in the shoulder, which had caused him to alter his delivery. He went back on the DL on Aug. 31.
In other news, Baseball America has worked itself into the National League during its unveiling of each teams Top 10 prospects. Currently the magazine/online publication is revealing the National League East over the next few weeks. The following is a schedule for NL Central teams to be revealed. Since some of the content on Baseball America is pay only, we will post the NL Central information when it is available.
Chicago Cubs -- Jan. 29
Cincinnati Reds -- Jan. 31
Houston Astros -- Feb. 2
Milwaukee Brewers -- Feb. 5
Pittsburgh Pirates --Feb. 7
St. Louis Cardinals -- Feb.9