Here's a quick look at the Cardinals starting rotation vs. the top five former Cardinals starting pitching castoffs. Note that Braden Looper and Jeff Suppan's numbers are inflated by the fact that they recently beat the living daylights of the Redbirds at Busch Stadium.
Carpenter 1-0, 0.00
Wainwright 3-2, 3.83
Lohse 3-3, 4.66
Wellemeyer 3-4, 5.87
Pineiro 4-3, 4.17
Haren: 3-4, 2.09 (AZ)
Looper: 4-2, 4.26 (MIL)
Suppan: 3-3, 4.63 (MIL)
Marquis: 5-3, 4.75 (COL)
Weaver: 2-1, 3.38 (LAD)
I wonder if there is any chance that the Cardinals could pry Danny Harren away from the Diamondbacks.
Upon mentioning this out loud, my colleague posed the question "What do we have that they would want?"
Arizona is 14-23 and already 11.5 games back of the Mannyless Dodgers in the NL West. I think they might be ripe for some serious rebuilding. Haren is owed $7.5 million this season, $8.25 million in 2010 and $12.75 million in 2011 and 2012. So they might be willing to move some of his cash.
So who do we have to offer in return? For a Cy Young Award candidate type pitcher... Jon Jay, Bryan Anderson, David Freese, Mitchell Boggs, Jason Motte, Chris Perez...? Just about anyone this side of Colby Rasmus ought to be on the table.
Realistically, the Diamondbacks might be more willing to part with Doug Davis, who is in the last year of a contract that pays him $8.75 million this season or Jon Garland, who under contract for $6.25 million this season with a mutual option for $10 million. And the Cardinals ought to kick the tires on those potential deals with the way their pitching staff has struggled.
I like Haren because he has been dominant but victimized by a complete lack of offense. But even an infusion of reliable innings from Davis or Garland would give the Birds ... and their bullpen ... a fighting chance