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Cardinals Confidential: Inside the Winter Meetings on FOX Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest release

FOX Sports Midwest takes fans inside the St. Louis Cardinals meeting room in Cardinals Confidential: Inside the Winter Meetings, a 30-minute special premiering Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Jim Hayes hosts this look at last week’s baseball winter meetings. Hayes and a FOX Sports Midwest producer and photographer went behind the scenes with Sr. Vice President and General Manager John Mozeliak and the Cardinals baseball operations staff. They discuss how the groundwork was laid for the Cardinals trade for Jedd Gyorko and signing of Jonathan Broxton.

Preview clip:

Cardinals Confidential: Inside the Winter Meetings on FOX Sports Midwest (times Central)

Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 17 at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 20 at 9 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 24 at 11:30 a.m.

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5 Responses to “Cardinals Confidential: Inside the Winter Meetings on FOX Sports Midwest”

  1. Bw52 says:

    Just read that Molina had his SECOND thumb surgery this offseason because of recurring issues.Grichuk had sports hernia surgery also.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Don’t have the specifics, but it seems like this could be the by-product of Molina trying to rush back for the playoffs before getting hurt again.

      Grichuk may need a safer lifting program.

      • crdswmn says:

        I know what I think is a contributing factor in all of this, but I will just sound like a broken record.

        This team needs help. Either spend money or spend prospects because “Internal Options” is not projected to be an impact player in 2016.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    One thing we may learned is the cards like youth. Price is fairly young, Heyward younger. We may be risk averse to long duration deals with older athletes. This might explain Gordon aversion

  3. blingboy says:

    Price and Heyward both signed contracts that featured a player option on the whole back end of the deal. It seems reasonable to suppose Mo and the gang’s ideas about structuring and/or valuing that kind of contract was out of sync with the market.

    The idea is that the player is selling the near years at a discount, and in exchange receives the security blanket of the far years if his performance tanks. If it doesn’t tank, he can sell the far years at market rate by opting out. In the cases of Heyward and Price, coming off 5-6 WAR seasons, it could be said the next 2 or 3 years are likely to be worth $40M+ per. So the teams are likely getting cheap WAR for a few years. In exchange, they assume the risk of having to honor the whole contract no matter what.

    With all that in mind, success involves more than just throwing more money at the player than everyone else. It seems like perhaps Mo did not fully appreciate nuances involved.

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