It’s a testimony to the power of Viva El Birdos in the Cardinal internet realm that a diary–not even a main post–can get people talking all around the net. The suggestion was put out there and then it spread. Matthew Leach commented on it. Tom had a post up at CardinalsGM. And the discussion got started at CCH as well. It’s VEB’s world, the rest of us Cardinal bloggers are just living in it.
As for the premise of the talk, signing Andruw Jones to a short-term deal, I’ve got mixed feelings. Those that say we should save the payroll for pitching make a strong point. The Cards are going to need at least one more top of the rotation pitcher and will need the funds to pay for them. Who knows exactly what you’ll get out of Jones at the plate, he’s a Boras client, it’ll take $13 million or so. All extremely good points and I figure that’s the way that will rule the day.
I’ve got to say I was a little taken with the arguments presented in favor of the move. Obviously, the Cardinals need a right handed bat in the outfield. Defensively, an outfield of Ankiel-Jones-Edmonds would be darn tough to beat, both in general fielding and in arm strength. If Jones is on a one-year deal, there’s a better-than-average chance he gets his numbers back in line with his career norms to get a bigger payday. And it frees up Duncan to be traded for pitching. If we put Duncan and, say, Anderson in a deal, perhaps we can get back a younger guy that can fit at the top of the rotation for less money than we’d expect.
The Cardinals are going to need to pitch better, that much is true, but that’s not the whole reason the Cards were outscored by 100+ runs last year. Getting a strong, impact bat like Jones would help the team make a stride forward in cutting that gap.
If nothing else, a Jones signing and a Duncan trade would show Mozeliak has a little creativity in him, instead of just signing whatever free agent is out there.
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