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51 Responses to “Support cancer fight and win Cardinals spring training package”

  1. crdswmn says:

    First big FA signing:

    “Ken_Rosenthal Ken Rosenthal
    Sources: #Marlins, Reyes in agreement on six-year, $106M deal, pending physical. #MLB

  2. crdswmn says:

    More hard line stance coming out of the FO on Pujols. Making statements to the media that they have little room to move on Pujols and don’t expect to increase payroll. Still think it is posturing, but if it is not, it signals to me that either DeWitt strongly believes Pujols will not sign elsewhere, or he believes he will not be the recipient of a shit storm from fans (or doesn’t care if he is) if Pujols does sign somewhere else. Of course, I could also totally not know what I am talking about, which wouldn’t be the first time. πŸ™‚

    • Brian Walton says:

      Yes. Any, all or none of the above could be true… πŸ˜‰

    • RCWarrior says:

      Crdswmn, I, for the life of me, cannot understand how anyone could believe Albert would want to get away from St. Louis. Second thing is I just don’t see any other team willing to give him huge money for 8-9 or 10 years…..that is…….except the Cardinals. Third thing is there can be no scenario where Dewitt allows Albert to go anywhere else.

      Throw all those things together with many in baseball believing Albert is a few years older than he is and you have a situation where Albert has little chance of going anywhere else and nobody has really shown much of any kind of desire to have him. I doubt that will change and when Albert/Lozano come to terms with the fact that nobody is going to be breaking the bank for Albert they will sign with St. Louis to try and save face…..with the Albert never wanted to go anywhere else.

      Spoke with some guys this weekend who say that the HGH testing will further diminish the over 30 baseball player. One person went as far as to say that the Latin players were the worst offenders in using HGH.

      • crdswmn says:

        Well, if you believe Joe Strauss, Pujols does not have a good relationship with the Cardinals anymore. Apparently he was “irritated” by the Holliday deal and “irked” by comments made by MO and the lack of contract talks in 2010. If he is that pissed off, maybe he does want to get away from St. Louis. πŸ™‚

        I don’t know RC, if the Marlins want him bad enough, and Pujols is secure enough walking into that cesspool situation, he might be willing to jump ship. Miami, home of fun, sun, surf and lots of latinos. πŸ™‚

        • RCWarrior says:

          Thats just Joe being Joe. Albert has nowhere to run. You won’t hear of any teams other than Miami even thinking about offering Albert a long term deal. Now if he would take $150 million for 5 years you may see quite a few teams in on him but nobody other than St. Louis and this Miami bunch will even think about approaching 8 or 9 years imo. You have to be prepared to let Albert run the show if you sign him and my guess is many teams may not be willing to take on the task of paying him for 8 or 9 years and putting up with catering to him on top of that.

          Miami is willing to go high imo because of the Latin market in Miami. And do you think Ozzie would allow Albert to manage the team like Tony did? Come on…….You believe Ozzie would wear the knee pads every time he spoke to Albert and about Albert like Tony did? Albert knows better than that. Now I have no doubt that Lozano will try to chum up some interest in order to try to get St. Louis to up their offer but thats all it will be…….trying to get more from St. Louis.

  3. crdswmn says:

    I have a question Brian. Did Pujols 10/5 rights with the Cards terminate when he hit free agency?

    • Brian Walton says:

      Not 100 percent sure without digging in, but no, I don’t think so. (Also have not seen details of new CBA, where this is spelled out.)

      Not a big deal to me personally one way or the other, as no-trade protection can almost always be bought out if the situation gets to that.

    • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

      Yes……………… they do………. he is under contract to 0 teams at this point…………

      • Brian Walton says:

        No. The trigger is service time with the team, not the duration of a contract or what is done during the off-season. If Pujols re-signs with the Cards, he will be considered to have been a Cardinal contiguously in the context of service time, which is only accrued in-season (unless this changed in the new CBA and it has not been reported).

  4. blingboy says:

    Furcal had apendectomy last week.

    I still think the Marlins will offer Albert a shorter term super high aav.

  5. blingboy says:

    Strauss on Matt Adams:

    ” He’s a less athletic Chris Duncan. “

  6. blingboy says:

    Joe Strauss: Well, the first year of the proposed extension has already passed. The Cardinals would have incorporated 2011 as the first installment.

    Read more:

  7. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    “A guy like Tyler is exciting to me because he’s got so much potential,” new manager Mike Matheny said Thursday. “You see a young player coming up trying to define himself. I’ve seen him have so much success at the minor-league level. I know the people in St. Louis, in his case, haven’t seen the player that he is. So that’s the challenge.”

    Read more:

    And it begins ………………………… I don’t mind Greene really……. but Furcal makes me feel secure. The guy is player…..a leader….can’t say as I see Greene as that……….who knows……if we have a “new approach” many personalities may surface………. they are taking Greene’s value way up by this posturing though……..maybe he’s a lure?

    • Brian Walton says:

      What else would he say? The manager has three primary choices:

      1) Say nothing.
      2) Build up the only guy he has.
      3) Build up a free agent, potentially costing his boss more money in the process or increasing fan unrest if the free agent is not signed.

      Hopefully, the days of the fourth option – talking down the only guy he has – are past…

      • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

        I was only laughing…………because he sounds like a new puppy on a leash…….. learning to bark for a treat…………. Lets get this out of the way……….I like the Matheny move…….. DeWitt can’t really hurt himself this year…………its 2013 that you all better be concerned about ………. the Cardinals have “likely” encouraged dialog on Lohse’s status from other teams………. even no trade guys are at play………for money….

        • T8Ball says:

          it cost money to get players to wave their NTC’s. Isn’t that money the team won’t have in 2012? 2012 seems more like a money crunch year than 2013 does.

          • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

            Not exactly how it works………… if teams are interested…..they approach with accommodations……….
            extensions they pay for, property appeasements..etc; The Cardinals can’t approach another team, because that is an inferior position that begins costing money in a hurry………. they might say, look we will buy his house and then eat 4 million………if you give him an extension like 2/18-20……… its how the word goes round………… so a team is looking at a 3yr commitment of about 27/28 large…. add insurance and your at 30 big ……… the alternative ……….. he wins 17 games as your 4 starter, and you have to deal with the consequences………. or he goes 3 and 14………and you have to just release him…having lost 12 million and the pennant……….. what a business……….

            • CariocaCardinal says:

              Show me the last time a team ate huge money like that in a trade while the player was simultaneously given an extension. Talk about “not exactly how it works”…………….

        • CariocaCardinal says:

          Westie keeps pushing the year we should be concerned about further and further out as none of his predictions of the Cards “strategic business plan” that he claims to have insight in to pan out and the Cards continue to be successful.

          • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

            Glaus to Montreal from Arizona………Moron………. it depends on the talent………Cards might try anything in the name of raising money for Pujols……..especially at the expensive of its baseball operation………… Dodgers ate some Furcal……in the name of Hawksworth……who dewitt cashed in….to get ride of “someone”…………

            Phillies may go after Hanley with a pitcher…….. opening up a rotation spot…..who knows what evil lurks………..

            • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

              All……………..of my prediction have come true…….and I pointed out……. dorks like you wouldn’t be able to see them right on the end of there nose after the fact………… not tag my posts………or I will demonstrate……………..

              • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

                Westbrooke had baggage………they ate 4 million on Kennedy as an appeasement……since Tony would utilize a cost effective player in his place…….to create room for Rasmus……..without losing DD..etc;etc;

              • CariocaCardinal says:

                The first predictions i remember from you were that the Cards would have an $80 million 2010 payroll and that Ludwick would be non tendered prior to the 2010 season – those both came true didn’t they πŸ™‚ . The latest predictions I remember you making were that neither Dave Duncan or Mark McGwire would be back for 2012 – not looking too good there either are we.

                Whether you are closer overall to Nostradamus or a dart throwing monkey is up to the opinion of individual readers. The idea that all of your predictions have come true is demonstrably false.

            • CariocaCardinal says:

              You must have been looking in the mirror with that insult since Glaus never even went to Montreal. He did go to Toronto but there was no contract extension involved and I have read 5 trade reports and not one of them mentioned Arizona eating salary. Fiction is easy if no one calls your bluff.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Its now ok to say nice things about Greene.
        One tactical reason could be the Reyes deal with the Marlins. Reyes got about $17MM/yr. This makes other shortstops eager for more money for themselves.
        Barmes, not a star, got a two year deal from the Pirates.
        All the money for SSes makes agents for Furcal or Gonzalez interested in more money.
        While Mo is interested in chiselling down the prices of free agent SSes.
        Its nice that Mike Matheny is building up Tyler Greene. Greene would do well offensivesly, if given regular play.
        But one reason Mo and Mike may be so positive and outspoken about Greene is because they are in effect telling free agent SSes that we can go with Tyler, if your prices are too high.

  8. blingboy says:

    Kozma got a look and then fell off the end of the world. Never hear the name in any conversation. His stock has dropped I take it. Will he take up space on the 40 man all year?

    • Brian Walton says:

      He is still only 23. I imagine a lot will depend on how precious the roster spots become and how he plays this spring. He also has to worry about Ryan Jackson coming up behind him. Interestingly, Jackson is only a month younger.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      I am looking for Pete to lift his average at Memphis in 2012. He is not as bad a hitter as some assume.
      One of the problems with being a high draft pick is then fans have high expectations that are often hard to reach. Kozma might be a good ML candidate by 2014, after 3 years of AAA play. Greene has essentially spent 3 years at AAA and getting favorable mention now. Could this happen with Pete?

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