Pavano & Punto
Our veteran leader returns for two more seasons. Don’t expect the next coming of Johan Santana or anything, but Pavano can save a bullpen and give you quality starts when healthy.
Nick Punto is a St. Louis Cardinal. The end of an era, for sure. I’ll always remember Punto for his hustle (especially those head-first dives into first base), even if it did lead to more jammed fingers and other body parts than probably necessary. Could he hit a lick? Besides 2006…no. But he played spectacular defense and could fill in at any position as the heir to Dennis Hocking. Who will be next in the chain? I’m betting Matt Tolbert.