Only what I've discussed here in the chat or in the paper, that I was told they expected a total cost in the $40 million range, and that would be a bonus less than $25 million.
It's why one view is that it is the first move of a larger game. This is Mozeliak pushing out the pawn to free the movement of a bishop.
If anything, I hope that most of the readers here and of the Post-Dispatch have a similar grasp, because for the past decade or so this is the Cardinals' internal decision-making tree that I have tried to describe through reporting and writing. This is what they do. I have had Mozeliak tell me on multiple occasions that they have this way of making decisions in place for a reason -- they must trust it. And if they break from it just because, just because this once, then what does that say about their trust in the decision-making process? If they're going to have it, he told me, they are going to be devoted to it. I hope, hope, hope that a vast majority of readers have a hold on this because if not, then I need to do better.
To be fair, he was traded for a 19-year-old infielder from Venezuela who is already playing at Low-A, and could see High-A at some point this season. Or higher, based on opportunity. That's what his Baseball-Reference.com will say and in the future the people there will be able to click the hyperlink on Yepez's name and see what became of him as a player. They will be go for info, not easy laughs. So, no, I don't see what you mean. Not at all. Pete Kozma had his moments in the postseason. I don't see you fretting over the contents of his Baseball-Reference.com page.
Remains at the hospital at last check. Cardinals put together some items to send up to him from the big-league clubhouse. There has been little change except for incremental improvements, from what we've been told.
You know the answer to this, AustinTx.
Great question. And this is something that Bill DeWitt Jr. has expressed an aversion to doing. He doesn't want to deplete the depth of the system for the chance at one player. An Eaton-like deal is one that he would be keen to avoid. I cannot stress enough that the 29 other teams have a say in this too, and eventually the Cardinals are going to have to meet what they/the market requires or they'll just be left to their in-house moves and the draft and their scouts. Talent won't come from the outside.
A knight. A few pawns. A bishop. Keep the rooks.
The Cardinals, and others who I have had a chance to talk with, believe the White Sox offered more money. Any view that some other team offered more is likely based on the idea that another team offered more total cost. That doesn't mean much for Robert. He got the bigger bonus.
Fans have the gift of hindsight. I remember fans who were thrilled with the signing of Wigginton -- finally a veteran presence on the bench that Matheny will use! -- and encouraged the signing of Pena -- finally a bat at backup that will give Molina rest because he's a complement! What has changed? Oh, right, they played. Dial back to before the players actually took the field and look at the comments. One of the first people who sounded the alarm on Wigginton's fit with the Cardinals and ultimately his performance wasn't a fan that I saw, wasn't a scout, wasn't a coach, and it wasn't a member of the media.
It was Wigginton. He told me his concerns during a trip to LA.
I know that Mike Matheny would make that call.
Wasn't able to quickly access all of the information I hoped to have to tackle this question, and rather than wait a bit -- my battery is starting to fade here -- I'll go with what I've got. When you sort by overall WAR (Wins Above Replacement) they are quite close, and you're right a lot of that is because Ozzie Smith was a dynamo defensively, so so so good that he compensated with his glove what he didn't have at the bat, and that Derek Jeter was such a consistent presence offensively for many years that he was able to stack up the counting numbers and the value in that way at a premium position. Jeter has more than 1,000 more hits that Smith. That's nuts.
Derek Jeter -- 3,465 hits, 260 HRs, 358 SB
Ozzie Smith -- 2,460 hits, 28 HRs,, 580 SB
Not the best stats by which to measure offensive contribution but they do show the picture -- different players, different eras. But WAR brings them close. According to FanGraphs, they rank eight and ninth when it comes to career overall WAR for shortstops
Some other shortstops who did a bit of everything well include
Alex Rodriguez 113.0
Cal Ripken Jr 92.5
Barry Larkin 67.0
Alan Trammell 63.7
Ernie Banks 63.3
That's not a bad group. And before I plunge deeper -- already taken too long here to respond, I'll put it up as a poll and see the responses.
I'll leave that poll up for a bit. But I'll need to relocate after a few questions here to get the battery back up and going.
Color me skeptical that trading Matt Adams is the Cardinals' white flag moment.
Good job looking at the larger picture. That's a reminder to me, too.
I wrote that. Confirmed that. It could be an indication of anything. The recruitment pitch, sure. It could also mean they weren't in the ballpark of an offer he already had from another team.
Jedd Gyorko, Rick Hummel argued in this morning's paper, is the Cardinals' best player.
That narrows it down. Thanks.