The Pirates win the bidding for Jung-Ho Kang | HardballTalk. I think the Pirates just picked up a bargin. Wish it was the Cards. Collecting assets is never a bad thing.
Baseball Prospectus | Pebble Hunting: Baseball’s Greatest Hoax. Funny stuff pointed out by Cards Diaspora about our new Cardinal Mark Reynolds from Baseball Prospectus.
The future of the NL Central | FOX Sports. Rob Neyer is a pretty smart guy. I think he accurately points out that the nice little post LaRusa run of being a serious contender for the World Series is coming to an end. Something to ponder when looking back at the Matheny shoulda, coulda, missed opportunities of the last 3 years.
Key Early Off-season Losers | Ahead in the Count. Recap of the off-season most WTF moves.
National League Central Predictions « OutsidePitchMLB LLC. The predictions begin. It is not even 2015 yet. Whatever.
Nexen Heroes accept Jung-Ho Kang posting fee from unidentified MLB team | HardballTalk. Somebody just picked up the best bargin of the off season. Only $5 million posting fee. Unbelievable. Looks like it will cost around $25 million to sign him. Kang will most likely play 3rd base. If Kang only hits .250 and 20 home runs that is a $75 million 3rd baseman on the open market. This is exactly the type of chance that a club should take. Hope it was the Cards. Heyman from CBS said a few days ago the Cardinals are interested.
Will the Padres’ new lineup make a difference? | SportsonEarth.com : Adam Berry Article. Very good article on the value of big trades and what it really does for a teams projections. This is why you should value your own players more than some other teams players. Furthermore, this is why I am a believer in acquiring players just under the big names. More, bang for your buck and it gets you almost as close.
When it was announced that the Braves traded Upton to the Padres, it became very clear. Mozeliak gave up much more, to get Heyward. The Padres only had to give up one top prospect to get a one year rental for Upton and that prospect is at least 2 years away from the majors. The Cardinals did not have to give up Miller, in order to get Heyward. The market price was much lower.
This calls into question Mozeliak strategy of filling the Cardinals off-season needs in early December. Mozeliak did the same thing last year, when he jumped on PED Peralta for $52 million. Yes, Peralta had a solid year. However, he was not a game changer for the team. Peralta had very few big moments during the regular season and disappeared in the post season. Would anything have change last year if Peralta did not sign? The answer is no.
Now you could argue that Mozeliak also got Walden in the Heyward trade. True. Walden was a critical piece and will make a big difference in the Cardinal bullpen next season. At most the market price would have been Miller for both. The Cards would still have Jenkins.
It seems pretty clear to me that Mozeliak is paying a very high premium in order to conclude his business first. It is time that this strategy stops. Playing high stakes poker only works if you are willing to lose. If your opponent knows you will give in, because you are in a rush. It really is not much of a contest.
My fear is that Mozeliak will compound the problem and sign Heyward to a $100 plus million dollar deal, early. In part to justify the trade. If Heyward continues not to be able to hit lefties and ends up with less than 15 homers, it will be a waste of a $100 plus million. The Cards already have that player under control for next year, that can’t hit lefties, with little power. His name is Piscotty. The difference is Piscotty cost $500 grand.
You could carry this thought process further and say that Mozeliak’s rush to get things settled, also cost the club Craig and Kelly. Mozeliak could have put Craig on the 90 day DL to resolve the Traveras playing time issue. If Mozeliak would not have been in a rush. The Cardinals would be looking at Craig or Grichuk in right field and would still have Kelly, Miller and Jenkins.
Time for Mozeliak to slow down. It just is not paying dividends to come in first.
Cardinals Announce 2014 Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year. It is good to see that Sierra, a player from the Dominican Academy, was named player of the year. The Cards are going to need international position players to remain a competitive club. The bad news is that he is only 18. Which means his ETA is still years away.
Padres acquire OF Justin Upton from Braves : Fantasy News. Damn Padres. Go girl.