That is his job. He may not do it personally, but he'll hear about the pitcher. They do on all free agents. It's their job. And that's about as far as it goes. Not much interest there, at the moment.
It's not about the pandemic. It was a decision made by their employer. To say otherwise misrepresents the decision of all the other outlets that did travel. The newspaper made the decision to have me travel in 2020 only after he could make sure of the some health/safety precautions that made it make sense. Same with 2021. Please do not diminish the effort and caution that many other outlets and reporters undertook this season to cover the team and speak without euphemism. It was a decision the owner of the network made throughout baseball, and it should change. The broadcasters belong on the road. In St. Louis, there are talented broadcasters who should have the best chance to put that talent to use for the viewers.
Ricky Horton will be on the broadcasts, as he has been.
I believe one or two will live up to the enormous contract he gets. As many as two will outperform their contracts. One will get a shortterm deal that works well for both sides. And one will significant underperform the deal that he gets.
Yep. Does have that feel. I see the fit.
He heard it on the street. The street was wrong. A story covered, a comment disproven with reporting.
Other than some overlap at spring training many years ago, it's about to start.
Mozeliak prioritizes that because DeWitt does, and together they have adopted that approach for the organization. They like to know the cost, and acquiring players means acquiring a contract they know, even if they did not negotiate it. A few times they've been able to make the contract size part of the negotiations and get the cost down to what they would have offered. The Cardinals do not feel that a) they win bidding wars against teams with fatter wallets or b) there is the return on doing so. They just don't think the value of the dollar is the same in those auction moments when they can operate in the trade market and better gauge the return they're getting and the cost, which includes the prospects going. Keep in mind one of the things the Cardinals have done -- and it's based some on the work that Girsch did that got him hired -- was attach a dollar figure to a player, to every player. They synthesize all the analytics and commit to what the production is worth. That way they can lineup and see if they expect $40m from this prospect and $35m from this prospect and $7m from this prospect how that would get them a player they think is worth $75m to them, and they'll make that deal, with the other team covering $5m, or something. That's a simple example, but it gives you a window into their thinking, and that stems from DeWitt's wish to avoid auctions/bidding wars and build from using homegrown talent to acquire and then sign what they cannot develop. That's their model. That's what Mozeliak was hired to enact.