When we last saw him in St. Louis, Jeff Weaver, he was balking at the fact that the Cardinals didn't want to give him a multi-year contract.
And who could blame him for asking for it? He just pitched the game of his life to clinch the 2006 World Series for the Cardinals. But who would have guessed in 2008 Weaver would be out of the big leagues and that in 2009 he would have to take a $500,000 non-guaranteed contract with the Dodgers that offers only a chance to compete for a spot in the Los Angeles bullpen? Even with the tattered condition of their rotation following the loss of Brad Penny and Derek Lowe, LA brass was adamant Weaver isn't going to even get a shot at the rotation.
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Weaver hasn't had a great history in the bullpen. The last time he pitched there was in 2003 with the Yankees when he got cranked for a two-run homer by Alex Gonzalez to lose game four of the World Series. But, on the bright side, he had his best season with the Dodgers in 2005 when he won 14 games.
I'm still stunned by the game Weaver threw at the Tigers on a brisk night in 2006. He was unusually focused and aggressive and it paid off. He kept the Tigers on their heals -- with the exception of a Sean Casey home run -- and earned the right to cash in. But pitching coach Dave Duncan and manager Tony La Russa weren't convinced so Dream Weaver had to go elsewhere to get his millions.