October 3rd, 2008

Cardinals re-sign Dave Duncan

You can cross off one under-the-radar name off the list of available pitching coaches. The Cardinals announced Friday that they’ve re-signed Dave Duncan to a new contract. This was the last year on his deal, and though it was unlikely he’d leave St. Louis or manager Tony La Russa — especially for an uncertain situation in Detroit — he was at least not contractually obligated to the Cards.

The contract status of Jim Leyland and his staff could be a challenge for the Tigers as they look for a pitching coach. With only one year left on their deals, it’s difficult to ask a pitching coach to come in on what could be a one-year basis and solve a lot of questions. If you sign him to a multi-year deal, you give him more security, but then you either tie another manager’s hands on coaching selections if Leyland isn’t re-signed, or you’re forced to buy out the contract.