Cardinals Front Office

I jokingly speculated back in December about what it would take to pry Chris Carpenter loose from the Cardinals.  HINT: A lot.  I take it all back (or at least wish I could).  “But there’s many a slip twixt the cup and the lip.” ~William H. Bonny (Young Guns) Translated into baseball talk, that means [...]

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On the morning of January 19th, I started collecting links – as many as I can find with minimal effort – that discuss the Albert Pujols contract discussions. Why? Who knows, yet here they are. Oh, and to serve you all, our three loyal readers! The Daily Pujols certainly won’t be a comprehensive list, but between [...]

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Dan Lozano – Super Genius

by on February 14, 2011 · 6 comments

    Somewhere hidden beneath the sticks of  dynamite, giant rubber bands, and huge boulders in Dan Lozano’s car trunk there is probably an ACME brand “Sports Agent In-A-Box” kit.  He probably has the at-home version as well.  Judging by recent events, he’s probably dog-eared several pages in the chapter on “Conquering the Baseball World [...]

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I’m not good with deadlines.  All the guessing games annoy me, and quite frankly I’ve grown tired of people tossing numbers around like they’re plotting their strategy for cowchip bingo or something.  10/300?  8/225?  Can I get a 15/450?  Seriously.  Stop it.  Move past the basic parameters of a regular contract and start thinking in [...]

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On the morning of January 19th, I started collecting links – as many as I can find with minimal effort – that discuss the Albert Pujols contract discussions. Why? Who knows, yet here they are. Oh, and to serve you all, our three loyal readers! The Daily Pujols certainly won’t be a comprehensive list, but between [...]

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The back-and-forth amongst Cardinal fans about the Albert Pujols contract negotiations continue to go on as we approach Pujols’ deadline for finalizing the deal.  There are definite “sides” to this story, those who believe he must be signed at any cost, and those who are wary of what any cost might do to the long-term [...]

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The Cardinals Conundrum

by on February 3, 2011 · 37 comments

Simply put, a “conundrum” is a particularly difficult problem that cannot be solved in a satisfactory manner (yes I just made up that definition).  It just so happens to be an appropriate way to describe the position I find myself in when the Cardinals make a move that I consider nonsensical or downright dumb.  I absolutely [...]

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Play It Again, Walt

by on January 28, 2011 · 6 comments

Same song, different verse, eh Walt? MVP-caliber first baseman with bright future?  Check.  Injury prone third baseman?  Check.  Potentially talented pitching staff led by innings eater who is signed through the next several seasons?  Check.  Talented young nucleus mixed with veteran leadership and experienced bullpen help?  Check.  Sound familiar?  We’re either talking about the current [...]

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The Baseball Road Not Taken

by on January 24, 2011 · 1 comment

After taking a step back and seriously contemplating what the Tampa Bay Rays have done during the off-season, I was reminded that there are many, many ways to build a baseball team.  The options that a front office has to choose from are often limited by factors such as financial, competitive, or internally driven realities.  [...]

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If you read the recent article here at PH8 about the YankiLeaks incident, you are probably already familiar with the dasterdly YankiLeaks organization which was responsible for helping create the “Abner Doubleday Agent-speak-to-English” translator.  I previously used the machine to decipher the encoded communications passed between members of the Yankees organization and Jeter’s agent, Casey Close.  [...]

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