While the reports earlier in the week that former Yankees starter Chien-Ming Wang had signed a one-year contract with the Nationals proved to be false, the Cardinals appear to be out of the running for his services.
The Nationals are said to be willing to guarantee Wang, who will not be ready to pitch when the 2010 season begins because of shoulder trouble, $2 million. And that seems to be an offer that other teams interested in the two-time 16-game winner don't seem willing to match. That group includes St. Louis, according to reports.
According to General Manager John Mozeliak, the Birds are content with the pitchers they have under contract and any prospective additions moves won't happen until camp is underway and things have had a chance to sort themselves out.
That sitzkreig seems to involve former Cardinals infielder Felipe Lopez who is holding out for a starting job and starter money. The Birds could give Lopez a chance to compete for the starting job at third base, but that doesn't mean manager Tony La Russa is going to hand anything to him.
That being said, even if Lopez didn't get the starting job at the hot corner, he would get plenty of playing time as a Mark DeRosa sort of utilityman.