Thursday, November 30, 2006

Mark Mulder Negotiates with D'Backs, Devil Rays

Injured hurler Mark Mulder is playing the small-market Diamondbacks and Devil Rays against one another while the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals look on. The Cardinals, reigning in the purse strings regardless of the burgeoning free agent market, refuse to re-sign the former teammate for big money due to lingering questions about his condition following rotator cuff surgery. But Arizona and Tampa Bay seem to perceive an opportunity to pick up Mulder on the cheap, relatively speaking, considering that ace Chris Carpenter was snapped up by St. Louis for a mere $300,000 three seasons ago after Carpenter underwent the same surgical procedure.