The Winter Meetings have just about wrapped up. The media workroom is less than half full, the lobby is empty and all the teams are long gone. A few thoughts before I take a little bit of vacation.
Lots and lots of tidbits from today…
Mark DeRosa will decline the Cardinals’ offer of arbitration. Keith Grunewald, one of DeRosa’s agents, confirmed the decision on Monday night.
Just got back about an hour ago from the Cardinals’ suite at the Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. Here’s a rundown of some of the newsworthy notes from the media session with John Mozeliak.
A report out of Vicente Padilla’s native Nicaragua on Thursday posited
that the Cardinals may be the favorites to sign the free-agent pitcher,
and while it’s not that far down the road, the potential for a match
According to a story in La Prensa out of
Managua, the Cardinals and Cubs are the leaders for the veteran righty.
A source confirmed that the Cardinals do find Padilla a pitcher of
interest, but indicated that he’s not the only starter on the team’s
In some ways, Padilla makes sense for St. Louis. The
Cardinals are seeking a veteran starter to put with Chris Carpenter,
Adam Wainwright and Kyle Lohse, while expecting to give their fifth
spot to an organizational pitcher such as Jaime Garcia or Mitchell
Padilla has enjoyed some strong years in the National
League but likely would carry a lower cost than some of the top names
on the market. Moreover, he shut the Redbirds down in the National
League Division Series, a performance that surely caught the eyes of
many in the organization.
On the other hand, the La Prensa
report suggests that Padilla is seeking a multiyear deal, and that
might render him a non-starter with St. Louis. The Cardinals have made
it no secret that they are reluctant to give another long-term contract
to a starter.
One tidbit worth noting is that Padilla and Joel
Pineiro are both represented by agent Adam Katz. Pineiro was offered
arbitration earlier this week, and has until Monday to accept or
decline. If Pineiro accepts, it’s quite certain that the Cardinals
would cease pursuit of a veteran starter.
And since it’s been a long time, here’s a playlist for you as I try to determine my favorite albums of ’09. Tracks from five of my favorites.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, “Seven-Mile Island”
Pearl Jam, “Unthought Known”
Living Colour, “Young Man”
The Crystal Method, “Dirty Thirty”
Metric, “Stadium Love”