Baseball whispers: Cardinals will wait for Ryan

Wuertz could make Cubs regret dealing him

February 23, 2010|By Phil Rogers Tribune Newspapers

The Cardinals aren't sure how much time Brendan Ryan (above) will miss as his right wrist heals, but they aren't expected to sign Felipe Lopez or trade for a shortstop. Manager Tony La Russa loves Ryan, who won the job a year ago, and has Julio Lugo available if Ryan opens the year on the DL. … The Nationals seem likely to use Chien-Ming Wang as trade bait if he bounces back. They signed him for only one season, meaning he will be an expensive five-plus arbitration case after 2010. … The Rays insist they will try to re-sign prospective free agents Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena. There's no way they keep both, however, and Crawford's value appears beyond what the Rays will pay. … … Former Nationals closer Chad Cordero, attempting a comeback in Seattle, has the most career saves (128) in the Mariners' camp. If he doesn't earn a setup job in front of David Aardsma, he could be shopped elsewhere. … Russell Branyan turned down the Rays before signing with the Indians. This guy has made some shaky decisions, beginning with pricing himself out of a return to the Mariners, with whom he revived his career a year ago. … The Reds have been thrilled with the early work of Aroldis Chapman. He's being shown the ropes by minor league coach Tony Fossas, a Havana native who lasted 12 years in the big leagues as a lefty specialist.

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