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  • in reply to: 2019 International Signing Period #96608
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    Nunez was not a top 30 international prospect.

    Baseball America would disagree.
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    Everybody was amazed the Cardinals signed him for only $300k. Everybody.

    in reply to: 2019 International Signing Period #96607
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    Cardinals aren’t linked to any of MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 International Prospects.

    The Mozeliak way

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    Could it be that they were going for best available pitcher first, then best available on their board with no middle infielders being best available for the whole draft?

    Nope. Mo said they focused on pitchers that would get to the majors early in the draft. They were drafting for NEED. They’ve also stated in the past that they target positions.

    It is a fallacy that you always draft best player available, especially for the Cardinals.

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    I’ve read that this will be a bad first round for pitchers

    First round, yes, but as mentioned, Carter Stewart is available again, though reportedly his velocity has dropped and they’ve skipped two of his starts, indicating injury concerns might be valid.

    The best pitcher in the draft might be a pitcher not projected to go in the first two rounds, because he is a redshirt junior:

    Ethan Small of Mississippi State:
    2.04 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 114 K, 17 BB, 66 IP

    He would be the top college pitcher off the board if he hadn’t missed a year due to injury. He’s putting up better numbers than Lodolo and Zack Thompson

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    I’d say the Cardinals only take a third baseman if they are certain Elehuris and Gorman won’t make it at 3B. I think the Cards go with a pitcher in the 1st this year

    The best bat available in the draft this year is probably a 3B

    Kody Hoese of Tulane:
    .407/.493/.860 – 15 doubles, 21 HR – 26 walks, 18 strikeouts – 4 errors, .959 fielding %.

    He not only has more walks than strikeouts, HE HAS MORE HOME RUNS THAN STRIKEOUTS

    in reply to: Bryce Harper thread #78245
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    Hey Mudville, I totally agree.

    And given your perspective, I’ll probably back 80% of your political ideas.

    But the reality is, this place is hypocritical. I’m just calling it out.

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    What is your issue exactly?

    My issue is Brian has never once been a moderator. He is an antagonist.

    Don’t attack the man because he calls you out and you’ve got no idea what is next.

    Actually, if you compare my ideas to what has happened….And what Brian has offered….

    E-mail the team with your issues because he’s not the issue.

    Actually, he is. What is the definition of a moderator? Does Brian fit that definition?

    in reply to: 2019 closer/relievers thread – Miller + ? #78240
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    if his physical looks good, you got to roll the dice for that amount of money.

    Except the Cardinals also told everyone Reyes looked good (when they knew he had a sprain), and managed a trade for Ozuna when they knew he was damaged goods.

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    in reply to: Bryce Harper thread #78238
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    You mean stupid moves like Clement, Moss, Masterson, Leake, Fowler, Cecil, Ozuna, Gregorson, Holland, etc. Goldschmidt and Miller could work out…we’ll see.

    Nate, please provide your list of front offices that execute every move flawlessly. I will follow with a comparable list of their mistakes. Your expectations remain out of sync with reality.

    Brian, you used to mock me because I didn’t think Brandon Moss was a Cardinal. Every time he hit a home run, you mocked me.

    Here’s the ****ing deal. Until you learn how to moderate. You will never get my ****ing business. Period. If people have divergent opinions than you, that’s great. Because guess what, I joined this message board because the Cardinals front office didn’t give a shit, and nobody else did either. They missed the playoffs every year since. Am I the cause? No. They are. You can defend them all you want, but until you moderate your own comments on your own message board, you will continue to lose business because you are nothing but a schmuck. Don’t like it? Moderate.

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    in reply to: Bryce Harper thread #78237
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    Onyx – people who far surpass you in baseball sophistication don’t get frightened. They make smart moves, not stupid ones.

    @bccran – grow the **** up.

    @BW – clearley a violation of your TOC. Start acting like a moderator, and you might get my business.

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    would even one of them make the Cardinals starting five?

    Wood has a career 3.29 ERA. Yeah, he’d probably make our starting rotation.

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    Yeah, the Reds gave up a first rounder and third rounder AND took on roughly $20 million in salary.

    They are also rumored to still be in the Kluber talks.

    Seems like they might have more up their sleeve.

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    The Reds just got a whole lot better

    in reply to: 2019 closer/relievers thread – Miller + ? #78152
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    If no trade is the worst aspect, you must be delighted.

    Except the only two guys with NTC’s last year were our worst players

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #78125
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    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #78124
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    Interesting

    in reply to: 2019 closer/relievers thread – Miller + ? #78115
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    Cards may get at least partial insurance on the contract. Premiums are high, I am told.

    Yes, premiums are high, and the insurance typically covers about 70% of the contract value.

    Typically, the player has to remain on the 40 man (thus using a roster space).

    The Rangers finally negotiated a settlement with their insurance carrier either last year or the year before so they could remove Prince Fielder from the 40 man, even though he hadn’t played in years.

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    in reply to: 2019 closer/relievers thread – Miller + ? #78114
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    The real DL stint last year, when he was on the 60-day DL was for his knee issues.

    Knee issues generally cause your body to compensate in other ways. His body compensating could have caused the shoulder impingement, as he could have adjusted his delivery ever so slightly to deal with the pain while going through a pitch.

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    in reply to: 2019 closer/relievers thread – Miller + ? #78087
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    I don’t see why this is risky. Miller has a knee and hamstring issue last year.

    You left out the “shoulder impingement”

    in reply to: The Front Office's place in all of this chaos. #77966
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    We only pick up snippets about things that are happening in overseas countries. You are clearly confusing results (which we see) with strategy (which we do not).

    Brian – how many of the Cardinals top signings were in the Top 40? 2-3? Where were they in the Top 40? The back half, correct? If you’ve been planning for years to “spend big”, don’t you think you’d go after some of the very top players in that cycle?

    And don’t say they were actively pursuing Kevin Maitan. Maitan’s exact signing bonus was leaked a full year in advance of his actual signing, which is why many Braves fans think the Cardinals turned them in to MLB.

    As far as the overspend plans coming up “late in the cycle”, the results we do know show that assertion is plain wrong. The very first day of that signing period, they announced 13 players with bonuses over $5 million. Less than two weeks later, they added Machado for another $2.35 MM. And one can reasonably expect that they had been working them for a long time. But not every player is cleared and ready to sign on July 2, a prime example being Adolis Garcia.

    Players have to wait until they are 16 before they can sign!!! The only players that aren’t known well in advance are Cuban defectors! And even with them, there is evidence MLB teams (the Dodgers at a minimum) were complicit in their defections!

    You totally misinterpreted what I was saying. Read above. If you are planning to “spend big”, go after the very cream of the crop. The Braves and the Padres basically monopolized the Top 40, each signing a minimum of 8 of the top 40, and almost all their signings were in the Top 20. The Cardinals highest signing was #15, if I recall correctly.

    Who was our top signing that period, Machado? Armenteros’ slash line compares favorably.

    in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #77937
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    D-Backs not optimistic about Greinke trade

    And just a few weeks ago they were proclaiming they wouldn’t have to eat any money…

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    Even more

    What gets me here is the entitlement.

    Yep. Billionaires shouldn’t pay taxes, but taxpayers should fund their private businesses.

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    If you doubt that the international market is heavily relationship based check out the list by Baseball America of the top international prospects.

    That is generally true, but there were a number of international signees that were “free agents” and available to anyone.

    Early in the cycle, Lazaro Armenteros was considered one of the top international players, if not the best. He signed with the A’s for $3 million.

    Then, you had Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., who signed with the Blue Jays for 7 years, $22 million, by waiting for his birthday to not be subject to the international bonus pool.

    There were 4-5 others who were effectively “free agents.”

    As for developing relationships part, that just goes to show the Cardinals didn’t come up with the strategy until late in the game for that cycle, long after every other team in baseball had figured out it made sense to take the penalties rather than stay within the confines. The Cardinals front office does not win any “visionary” awards.

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    And if the Astros trade for Realmuto and sign Nelson Cruz, he might also get the WS premium. What is that, $50 million? LOL

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