Stirring the Pot

Bernie loves to get people riled up sometimes, I honestly believe that. Take, for example, his latest tease over at the Pressbox:

They have their eye on one guy who had a poor 2007, but who has been good in the recent past.

–B

Of course, that sent everyone into a guessing spree. Bernie then ruled out Dontrelle Willis (good), Matt Morris (good) and Cliff Lee (probably good). He doesn’t seem to say whether it’s a free agent or a trade, but the assumption on the thread was made that they were talking trade.

Some of the names tossed out included Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Bonderman, Randy Johnson and our focus from earlier in the week, Mark Prior. There are too many names and too many possibilities to really start making guesses and discussing if it is a good or bad thing the team is looking at them.

That said, last week there was a mention at the end of Derrick Goold’s blog entry about the shortstop situation that I found pretty interesting:

Breaking News that Hints at Future News: The Cardinals put a claim in on Cody Haerther a few days after losing him in the waiver process and successful re-claimed the outfield prospect. Haerther is a lefthanded-hitting outfielder — familiar, eh? — and his addition to the Cardinals 40-man roster puts them at the limit. Teams do not like to go into the winter meetings with a full roster, especially when the Rule 5 draft requires an open spot to participate. The Cardinals do not plan on reaching the meetings with a full roster.

Could this be the move that Goold was speculating about? That would mean that it would be at least a 2-for-1 type trade if it was to free room up on the roster. Which probably means that it would be someone with some potential to be worth two men off the 40-man.

It’s a lot of speculation, but since the Rule V draft is a week from today, we will have to see something soon, even if it’s just someone being waived.

Also stumbled across this at MLB Trade Rumors:

Probably since they hope to include him in a Johan Santana deal, the Red Sox won’t trade Coco Crisp until that situation is resolved. The Rangers liked Crisp, but are considering interesting alternatives: Rocco Baldelli, Jim Edmonds, and Juan Pierre. (emphasis mine)

I’m sure the Rangers may have inquired about Edmonds, but I really don’t see him going anywhere. He just opened the restaurant, he’s a 10/5 guy so he can veto a trade, and he really seems to like St. Louis. You know, all the stuff I said two weeks ago.

Oh, and here’s another one at MLBTR that was just mentioned at CCH:

 McCalvy says Melvin confirmed having internal discussions about Scott Rolen.

Another one I can’t see happening, though imagine the improvement from Ryan Braun to Scott Rolen at third for the Brewers.  They are already going to be the favorites next year, in my book, but that’s just be the icing on the cake.  That said, I can’t see Mozeliak getting good value from Milwaukee for him and you know he’d be beating the Cards constantly if they traded him in the division.  Seems a non-starter to me.

The Ownership Question: Part IV

We’ve hashed out ownership against so many different standards, but what we’ve not looked at is this ownership, led by Bill Dewitt, and prior ownership under the Anheuser-Busch brewery after the death of August “Gussie” Busch.

A quick recap for those that aren’t up on Cardinal history. Anheuser-Busch bought the Cardinals in 1953 and Gussie, as head of the brewery, was also in charge of the team. Gussie was well-regarded as an owner (barring that little spat with Steve Carlton) and fielded strongly competitive teams for the most part. He was so highly thought of that he has a retired number, something no other non-playing Cardinal achieved. (Jack Buck just has the microphone.)

Gussie, as far as I can tell, was active with the Cardinals until his death in 1989. After that, the corporate heads took over the team, with noticeable results. Let’s compare some numbers from 1988-1994 and from 1995 to the present to see where we are coming from.

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