Kid 2 (Mets fan): I’ll give you any 3 Cardinals cards and a pack of gum for one Gooden card.
Kid 2: Deal.
For the record, I’ve still got the Lou Brock card in my collection. Of course, it’s now housed in both a sleeve and an airtight case which are both inside a locked, fire-retardant safe. To be fair, the book value of the Gooden card at the time was relatively high for a new card, and the Brock card was not in perfect condition. The Gooden card was just going into circulation, and every card collector I knew at the time wanted that card badly. It was the “flavor of the month” of sorts. To the kid who really, really wanted that brand new Gooden card, it seemed like a great deal. In the end, my friend learned the hard way that “all that glitters is not gold”. He turned up 2 Gooden rookie cards in packs over the next 3 weeks in visits to the nearest retailer.
After perusing several internet sports boards and forums, I was reminded of this story. It seems that everybody and their hobbit friend has a trade scenario involving Chris Carpenter, David Freese, Albert Pujols, or Colby Rasmus. It’s not like the Cardinals have a front office full of little yellow Minions who are going to trade players for just a #Banana (properly pronounced “ba na na” with emphasis on each syllable). Put your minds at ease. Let me help.
- Chris Carpenter – He’s a 10/5 guy with $15M due to him in 2010. Few teams can afford him, and I bet he’d be really picky…..like he might just want to play for the Cardinals. To convince him to move, somebody might have to offer to pick up that $15M 2012 option. Oh, and the Cardinals might not be willing to part with him anyway. If they were, it might take a hefty price in terms of cost-controlled, young pitching talent. Sure, why not? Every team has plenty of that sitting around, right? #nonotreally
- David Freese – Yes, he’s been injured, and the Cardinals have to be worried about that. When he was healthy in 2010, he hit .299/.360/.413/.773 and managed an oWAR/dWAR of 1.2/0.5 in just 270 plate appearances. He’s just 27 and not arbitration-eligible until 2013. It’s not gonna happen.
- Albert Pujols – If he doesn’t get a contract extension in St. Louis, then it doesn’t make sense for him to constrain the market for his services. Free agency awaits at that point.
- Colby Rasmus – Justin Upton‘s 2010 line is .273/.356/.442/.799 with 69 rbi, 17 hr, and 152 strikeouts. Rasmus went for .263/.334/.452/.786 with 66 rbi, 23 hr, and 148 strikeouts. Upton (23) is a much better defender, and Colby (24) is a better offensive player. When the Diamondbacks talked about Upton being available, there was a frenzy and the asking price was incredibly high. I’d say that the asking price should be equally high for Colby. Why? It’s all about the money. Upton is owed $4.25M in 2011, $6.75M in 2012, $9.75M in 2013, $14.25M in 2014, and $14.5M in 2015. Raz? He’s not arbitration-eligible until 2012 and made just over $400K in 2010.
By the way Cardinals fans, that Upton contract might be the preview for a long-term Raz deal.
TIDBIT: If you aren’t familiar with the broken English syntax in the title, it comes from a video game. The original line is “All your base are belong to us”, and I’ll leave it at that. Yes, I am a geek. I can has cheezburger?
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