I’ve spent a fair amount of time lately defending ownership. However, the talk and actions of our new GM are starting to concern even me.
First, we have the Izturis signing. While not worth the doom and gloom, sky is falling mentality some people had for it, it still was a bit of a headscratcher and not nearly the kind of moves most fans have been waiting for.
Then, we have the idea of shipping Scott Rolen off to the Brewers. In case you aren’t paying attention, the Brewers are 1) a team in the same division as the Cardinals and 2) the team most likely to win the NL Central next year, in my opinion. While I’m not one that thinks Rolen should be traded now, trading him within the division would just be nuts.
Coupled with that is the pursuit of Chris Capuano. Larry at VEB broke down Capuano pretty well yesterday, and there are points to like, points to worry about. This probably isn’t a terrible move, but it depends on what it costs. I wouldn’t give Rolen for him, I don’t think.
Next, the ESPN winter meetings blog indicates the Cardinals have talked to the Indians about pitcher Cliff Lee. Lee’s an Arkansas boy and in that regard, I’d like to see him come over. Moving to the NL probably would help as well. The price is supposedly Anthony Reyes and/or Brian Anderson. It best not be and–that’s a ton to give up for a guy that has been down for a year or two. Reyes, also according to that blog, is getting some attention from suitors. I believe they’ll deal him–and he’ll probably do well away from the organization–and Lee would probably be acceptable. But not if they overpay for him.
That blog also indicates Ankiel, Duncan and Edmonds are all available. I can’t believe the organization would move Ankiel now, after all they’ve done for him, but it is a new GM, so maybe so. At least you have to hear the offers.
There was talk about bringing Pedro Feliz in if Rolen is traded. Yuck. They aren’t even offering arbitration to Eckstein. Nuts.
All in all, the best news around is that the Cardinals were in, at least on the periphery, on Eric Bedard. If Mozeliak could pull that off, I’d take it all back.