Just to clear things up.
I'm a columnist, not a beat writer.
Neither job is better than the other.
Neither job means rationalizing the front office's decisions.
Explaining them? Sure.
Questioning them? You bet.
Grading them in the moment and when the dust has settled? Indeed.
That's my job, to offer commentary on our local teams.
With all due respect to Joe Buck, who is outstanding at his job, my job is not to cover what Joe Buck says about the Cardinals.
My opinions on the Arozarena trade are easy to find. They're in the paper. They're on the website. They're in podcasts and videos and in thse chats.
Seek them out and let me know if you still think I'm giving the Cardinals too much of a free pass.
And I'll just add this.
Mozeliak ate crow on the Arozarena trade. Said it was a mistake. He said that in an interview with local reporters, beat writers and columnists.