What Others Are Thankful For

Hey, I’ve got some time tonight. Let’s see what everyone else is giving thanks for this year!

John Mozeliak: That Chris Antonetti didn’t want to leave Cleveland.

Mark Mulder:  That he’s left-handed.

Billy Beane:  That Mark Mulder’s left-handed.

Scott Rolen:  That Larry Bowa isn’t TLR’s bench coach.

Albert Pujols:  That this year’s ninth-place finish in the MVP award gives him more motivation.

Brad Thompson:  That there are no puppies around to kick.

Jason LaRue:  That he can now play on the good side of Missouri.

Tony LaRussa:  That they make tofu turkeys.

Walt Jocketty:  That he no longer has to put up with Jeff Luhnow.

The St. Louis Cardinals:  That they play in the NL Central.

Hope you all have a great day!

General Thoughts

Just some ramblings on a slow day:

*Some people get worked up too easily.  Both at CCH and at VEB, there were some that seemed to think the sky was falling with the LaRue signing.   It’s a backup catcher, signed to less than a million dollars.  Heck, they could sign me to that, and it wouldn’t be a big deal (though, obviously, not the best use of resources).  You might not agree that LaRue can do much, but he doesn’t have to.  It’s one of those deals that shouldn’t serve as any kind of indictment of ownership–the Brotherhood of Backup Catchers are all pretty much alike.

*One of the things that was the toughest about putting together the Cardinal Blogger Ballot was coming up with options for the Game of the Year.  At least, to me, there weren’t too many games that just stood out like in years past.  I mean, in 2006 we had the one-hitter by Anthony Reyes and a couple of 3 HR games by Albert Pujols.  In 2007?  Not so much.  But I think I’ve come up with a game that symbolizes the Cardinals’ season, so I will probably use that as my choice.  Bloggers, you are obviously allowed to use your own interpretation of the award.  Just like the writers do with the MVP!

*It’s looking more and more likely that David Eckstein will be back next year and on the Cardinals’ terms.  The White Sox traded for Orlando Cabrera.  The Mets re-signed Luis Castillo for their second base vacancy.  There’s just not many spots out there for him to land.  And few spots means little leverage.  It looks to me that the one year deal might become a reality.

*Maybe this should have been one of the arguments in Burwell’s book!

*It is possible that I’m thinking about this too much, since last night I had a dream I was with Mozeliak and TLR and I was asking Mozeliak questions about the Brazelton signing for this blog.  I gotta get out more.

Finally, Some Movement

The Cardinals signed three players today, two to minor league deals.  Let’s take a look.

*Jason LaRue was signed to a one-year deal to back up Yadier Molina.  At first glance, I thought this was a pretty good move, bringing more of a bat to the backup position than the Cardinals have had in recent memory.  And he definitely does have some pop, with 88 home runs in nine seasons, an average of a home run every 27 AB.  However, it’s been three years since he had a batting average over .200 and his career mark is just .233.  He will bring a bit of a power threat off the bench, but it probably won’t be anything consistent.  That said, for a backup and for under a million dollars, it’s not a bad signing.

*John Wasdin was signed to a minor league deal.  Wasdin, a relief pitcher who has been bouncing around since his debut in 1995, really doesn’t seem to be more than organizational fodder.  He’s never posted an ERA under 4.12 and has a career mark of 5.28 in just under 800 innings.

*The intriguing (well, as much as any of these names are) name is Dewon Brazleton.  Brazleton was a former first round pick of the Devil Rays (well, just the Rays now) and was highly thought of coming out of college.  He never really clicked in the majors, though.  He’s got an 8-25 record in the bigs and was traded from the Rays to the Padres in a deal of failed prospects (the Rays received Sean Burroughs).  He’s bounced around in minors since then, not making an appearance in MLB since 2006.  If someone has seen something, that they can make something click for him, this could have huge upside.  He’s 27, so he is entering his prime.  That said, the possibilities of that click happening are pretty remote.

So, it’s not a lot, but it’s something.  Finally!