Wednesday evening tidbits from Disneyburg

Some additional tidbits following our afternoon gathering with John Mozeliak:

* Mozeliak echoed what another Cardinals official told me on Tuesday night, that the club does not expect to take anyone in the Rule 5 Draft tomorrow morning. I have heard some talk that one or two Cardinals Minor Leaguers could be of interest to other clubs, but there doesn’t seem to be huge demand and I won’t be at all surprised if there is no Cards-related movement in the Major League phase of the Rule 5.
* Though TLR said on Wednesday afternoon that Allen Craig might spend time in Triple-A in order to make sure that he gets sufficient at-bats, Mozeliak minimized the likelihood of that happening.
The quote: “Certainly, players like him should be playing, but I also don’t think there’s a lot left for him to prove at Memphis. And I do think he could be good protection, just because of his versatility and the fact that he can hit. I’m not going to rule anything out today, but if I had to guess right now, I doubt he would spend a lot of time at Memphis.”
* This is probably obvious by now, but Mozeliak said he does not expect any of the Cards’ veteran free-agent role players last year to return for 2011. Aaron Miles, Randy Winn, et al, will be finding new homes if they’re playing in ’11.
* Mozeliak said that the club didn’t aggressively pursue anything longer than a one-year deal with Ryan Theriot.
“We obviously didn’t want to drag someone new into [an arbitration] hearing room, and I think with his experience last year in a hearing room, he wanted to avoid one. So it made a lot of sense if we could come to an agreement, and we did.
“Right now, we just wanted to knock off a one-year [contract]. Not going to rule anything out down the road, but right now we’re not discussing it.”
And, finally, the playlist:
(these are literally the first five songs that came up on shuffle just now)
The Cure, “Closedown”
The Rolling Stones, “Country Honk”
Michael Jackson, “Human Nature”
Pearl Jam, “Arc”
Counting Crows, “Another Horsedreamer’s Blues”


Can you answer, Did we make an attempt at Dan Ugla?


**** it, dude. I’m goin bowling. The Cards relying on Greene to be an important piece is stupid. Are you telling me that if Tyler Greene doesn’t have a career year that the Cards will struggle unless someone else steps up? That’s not a good prognosis for the 2011 season.

Hey, no comments appear to be allowed for your more recent post – the one with the 2010 music “bests”… nice list btw.

So, I just read the “hopeful” story about the Pujols negotiations… and it really seems to me that if I was Albert, or his agent and I’d repeatedly said “no negotiations after Spring Training starts” and management says “we don’t see any particular date as particularly important”, I might be a little irked… you? My wife thinks there might be more in the background than I know about and that I shouldn’t be concerned but I still don’t like it.

And it appears I was right… “Albert Pujols sets Spring Training deadline for new contract”
Could management be doing this much worse? Should have locked him up last year, last fall, before the Winter meetings… however you put it, long long ago. Don’t they see that it gets more expensive every week? And crying poverty is getting old. The team’s had a world of success, has massive attendance, keeps making playoff money, does really great on merchandising and keeps on redoing its broadcast deals… and, anyway, I don’t trust owners as far as I can throw them when it comes to accurately reporting team revenue streams or the meaning for owners’ overall tax situation of “losses” on a baseball team.

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