Todd Wellemeyer is drawing some interest from the Mets, Rockies and Giants, according to radio 1380's Tim McKernan.
He came apart at the seems last season with a perplexing 7-10 record with a 5.89 ERA and 160 hits -- including 19 home runs allowed -- in 122 1/3 innings. But he's not far removed from his breakthrough season of 2008 when he was 13-9 with a very respectable 3.71 ERA and only 178 hits allowed in 191 2/3 innings pitched.
The Mets and Giants home fields play huge and seem like a welcome place for a fly ball pitcher to find a home. I'm not so sure about Colorado where Wellemeyer's propensity to give up homers may haunt him.
I don't think it's the the Cardinals believe the 31-year-old righthander doesn't have the ability to pitch anymore. But it seems like manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan became frustrated by Wellemeyer's loss of confidence and reluctance to embrace the Birds' sinker-happy pitch to contact philosophy.
Wellemeyer looked like the Cardinals best pitcher for a while during last year's spring training. But he got dinged early when the season started and never seem to be able to recover. A change of scenery might do him some good.