If you’ve not gotten your picks in for VEB’s all-time sim tourney, you better hurry. Results are supposed to start showing up sometime today. If you miss out on phase I, don’t worry. The reseeded phase II tournament will have more points available, so you won’t necessarily be at that much of a disadvantage if you play II without I. And kudos to The Angry Rant for explaining his picks.
Speaking of VEB, here’s red baron’s grading of Mozeliak. On the whole, I’d say I’d have to agree with him. It appears that LaRussa still has considerable say in the roster management portion of the team, which can be good, can be bad as evidenced by Miles’s resigning especially. Mo came into a tough situation and a transitional phase in the organization. It’s going to be tough to give him an accurate assessment until two or three years down the line.
Deaner expands his thoughts on the possibility that the Cards might sign Juan Gonazalez. I’m pretty much fine with a spring training invite for him. I don’t expect he’ll make the team, but if he plays well enough to merit going north, then he could help the bench get a little more pop.
Also, Winter Warmup is this weekend so perhaps some news will be made then. Troy Glaus and Matt Clement get their first taste of Cardinal Nation and I’m sure they’ll enjoy it. I’ve always wanted to go to the WWU, though it’s so pricey and usually it’s tough for me to get away during January for something like that.
If you are looking for an all-sports website to comment on, CardinalsGM has a suggestion.
Kujo has an in-depth analysis of Rick Ankiel. Rick’s always been one of my favorite players and I was very excited to see him return last year. All that said, I’m afraid he’s going to regress some this year, especially if Rasmus comes up and takes that 2 hole away from him. Still, if he can hit .260 with 20 HR, he’s got value to this team. There may be a number of players doing that, what with Duncan and Glaus also being lower-average, higher-power type guys.
That’s a quick run around the blogs, though obviously there is much more out there. Just go through my blogroll and check them all out. I should have some news about this blog on Monday or at least early next week.