Mulder to Cardinals
As first reported (tee hee) at today’s USSM Feed — Oakland has traded Mark Mulder to the St. Louis Cardinals for RP Kiko Calero, SP Danny Haren and C Daric Barton. With Tim Hudson gone and Mark Redman sent to the Pirates as part of the Jason Kendall deal, the A’s have now dealt three-fifths of their 2004 starting rotation. If the season started tomorrow, they’d likely run out a rotation of Barry Zito, Rich Harden, Joe Blanton, Dan Meyer and the aforementioned Haren.
That said, I have serious doubts they’ll begin the season with three rookies in the rotation; Billy Beane most likely has something else up his sleeve, be it a free agent signing (Odalis Perez?) or a trade (AJ Burnett?). At first glance, however, yet another piece of good news for M’s fans.
Also — a couple of people have asked about the Big Board. I stand by my promise that we’ll have a new one before the first of the year.