As the hours dwindle away in 2012, there is plenty to look forward to in 2013.
Oct 19, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jason Motte (last) talks to pitcher Mitchell Boggs (center) and second baseman Skip Schumaker (right) before game five of the 2012 NLCS against the San Francisco Giants at Busch Stadium. Image Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
MLB.com beat writer Jennifer Langosch addressed those recently. As someone who enjoyed the way that the bullpen came together this season, it scares me.
"Earlier this month, the Cardinals tendered contracts to their five arbitration-eligible players: Jason Motte, Edward Mujica, Mitchell Boggs, Marc Rzepczynski and David Freese. To date, none of the five have agreed to a contract for the 2012 2013 season.The Cardinals may consider exploring multiyear deals for some in this group, but at a minimum, a one-year agreement must be mutually reached in order to avoid a February arbitration hearing. Getting these contracts finalized will be atop the organization’s to-do list next month."
After acquiring Mujica from the Marlins, the Cardinals shored up their bullpen with a solid rotation for the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings with the law firm of Mujica, Boggs, and Motte. I am hopeful that they agree to a contract with the Cardinals. I also would like to see what the law firm can do with a full season together.
There’s also the issue of Adam Wainwright being a free agent at the end of the 2013 season. I cannot say that enough. The Cardinals must find a way to lock him up for a few more seasons.
As for the playoffs, while I was initially opposed to the second wild card but warmed up to it after reading one of the Gameday magazines over the summer. Moreover, I do believe that Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association can come together and make some more changes to the Wild Card format. I do not think that one game is enough. Like Bob Costas said in an October interview, it really does need to be a best of three series. A one-game playoff isn’t enough. If this keeps baseball playing into November, so be it.