Given that the Cardinals seem to have only four starting pitchers set for 2009 (Adam Wainwright, Kyle Lohse, Todd Wellemeyer, Joel Piniero), I suppose this was only a matter of time. I guess I just hoped for the five spot they would sign some lackluster scrub or start some 32 year old “prospect.”

Oh, wait. Those guys turn to freaking gold for the Cardinals.

Among the Cardinals possible targets:

Jon Garland: His agent, Craig Landis, has confirmed to that the Cardinals “have called,” but nothing further. Still, Garland fits in several ways. He’s pitched more than 190 innings in each of the past seven seasons. He throws strikes, and though he’s not really a groundball pitcher, neither was Jeff Suppan — a pitcher in some ways comparable to Garland. It’s unclear what exactly the market is for Garland, who declined arbitration and is a Type B free agent.

Others listed in the article include Andy Pettitte, Braden Looper, Ben Sheets, Randy Wolf, and the Perez’s (Odalis and Oliver). They aren’t necessarily listed as targets so much as possibilities.