Good Morning Cardinal Nation. Here’s what I have for you this morning:
LOHSE, BORAS: As discussed yesterday, Kyle Lohse is having a bit of trouble finding a free agent contract. Here’s another article from our friend Rob Rains who gives his take on the situation. If I were to guess right now, I would say that he ends up with Texas. As Rains points out, the Rangers are getting the 31st pick in the draft by losing Josh Hamilton, and they would lose the 24th pick by signing Lohse – not that big of a difference. The Rangers are a contending team, and I’m sure the signing of Lance Berkman wasn’t a negative for him. It’s hard to predict these things, but if I had to put money on it, Texas would be my bet.
BERKMAN’S PHYSICAL: Lance Berkman will take a physical on Monday to make his one-year deal official with the Texas Rangers. I wouldn’t think there would be too much of an issue. Teams do incredibly extensive research and look at an abundance of medical reports before signing a player to a multi-million dollar contract. If there was an issue, he would not have come to an agreement with the Rangers in the first place.
HALL OF FAME WATCH: With the results of the 2013 Hall of Fame class being revealed this week, we will be doing quite a lot of talk around this controversial group of players. Here’s an article from Tyler Kepner about what he expects to happen on Wednesday. Based on what I read and hear, I do have a sense that if anyone is elected, it will be Jack Morris. Bonds, Clemens, and Sosa are almost for sure not going to get on, and the less controversial figures such as Bagwell and Piazza are unlikely to reach the 75% benchmark as well. There just seems to be too much tension around too many people on the ballot to have more than a 1 or 2 person class. Here’s what Ken Rosenthal has to say about the potential possibility of no one getting in. Much more to come on this issue…