I'll tell you that Bob is one of my closest friends in the business. He's mentored me since 1996, and there's not a week that goes by that I don't vent to him or check with him on something professionally or personally. If he has Holland going to the Cardinals on a two-year deal, I wouldn't bet against it. Also, remember that I've noted that the Cardinals would be wise to jump if some of these free agents were willing to sign for one or two-year deals.
I don't know if they've had one. I do know that they've had several meetings as a team.
You make a great point. You would think a city that had Kroenke would appreciate how lucky they are to have had Bill DeWitt Jr. as the chairman of the Cardinals.
We live in a society with little patience and short memories.
I've tried to make this point this winter. I promise you that Bill DeWitt Jr., John Mozeliak and Micheal Girsch would tell you they don't see me as a homer at all, which is why it's so odd to find myself coming off as an apologist for the Cardinals at times to some angry fans.
If that's the case, they're doing a good job about that.
I wonder if it will start picking up if some players begin to fire their agents. Nothing will push the market faster than players applying pressure on their agents to get deals done.
Your cynicism has been noted.
I wouldn't pass on Lynn if I had a chance to sign him for a one-year deal this spring.
As I've noted often, Cardinals fans have been spoiled by DeWitt's ownership group because they've now grown to assume it's easy to make the playoffs each year.
As I've noted, they call them prospects for a reason. I understand why you would want to wait to see how the pitching prospects develop before anointing them the next Bob Gibson and Adam Wainwright.
The numbers say it's smart to pull your pitcher before he faces the batting order a third time.
All fan bases have very knowledgeable fans, but St. Louis might have a greater percentage than most. The majority of them live up to their moniker as the Best Fans in Baseball.
Preach, my friend. I'm glad somebody agrees with me.
The front office doesn't think you're stupid. They actually do give their rationale for their deals. Just look at our website to find countless stories by Derrick Goold and Rick Hummel and columns by Ben-Fred, Benjamin Hochman, Jeff Gordon and your humble servant.
I initially thought that eight victories next year might be a stretch, but I just looked at their schedule and see only two sure losses: Georgia and Alabama. I'm not surprised that Mizzou was shut out in St. Louis, though.
Yep, they were definitely sour grapes from agents. The union should have handled this in the last collective bargaining agreement. I wouldn't think all fans should boycott, but I would hope that fans in Miami would completely ignore the Marlins for years.
I don't know. I'd have to look at the analytics. Martinez isn't a decent defensive outfielder, though.
I don't think Rosenthal would want to risk rushing back too soon from Tommy John surgery this year.