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Around the horn: How does Crawford’s deal impact Pujols?

John Mozeliak notes that the Cardinals “still think we have some holes.” One is right field, stomach and Carlos Beltran would fill it well.

Despite currently polling at Fungoes as the Cardinals

9 Responses to “Around the horn: How does Crawford’s deal impact Pujols?”

  1. Danny S Says:

    Gotta agree with you on Ryan, but not Pujols. There are many variables in play and I dont think the Crawford signing closes the door. It may not help, but I still give them a better than 50% chance of getting it done.

  2. mikkyld Says:

    If they really wanted theriot, they probably just had to wait for him to be non-tendered and then not waste an arm getting him.

    Once they did get him, a better approach would be to announce that he’d be working 2B, 3B and sometimes SS, they might have done a bit better for Brendan. I mean seriously, a 7 ERA minor leaguer?

    Even better would have been to trade Skip – or not sign berkman and put skip in RF – and move theriot to 2B, Assuming they had to have theriot for some reason that is not clear to me.

    A still better thing to do would be to enforce TLR’s “rule” against his players taking things to the press. He is such a hypocrite in this regard since he does just that to his GM and owner ALL the freaking time.

    Finally the absolute best thing to do would be to find some nondescript but fairly intelligent guy and make him the new Cards manager – but that is just wishful thinking since DeWitt’s lips are permanently sewn to TLR’s posterior at the moment.

  3. JP Says:

    The author wrote: “We can more easily respect the honest answer (though disagree with the position) that La Russa feels the team “chemistry side” is better off without Ryan than the insulting view that Theriot is a better on-field player.”

    Well, sure. We could also more easily respect that LaRussa likes Glenn Beck than the insulting view that Beck’s rally in Washington wasn’t political. (I think this is the case regardless of what one thinks of Beck.)

    The reality is that LaRussa has been insulting the collective intelligence of the fans for some time now and a sycophantic, lazy, and/or uninformed media has not gotten on his case for it.

    Oh well. At least the Cards have now traded Ryan. I was beginning to think that they were engaging in some nefarious attempt to corner the market on light-hitting middle-infielders.

  4. john.mark Says:

    What do you honestly think about the possibility that Pujols could end up with the Cubs?

  5. Pip Says:

    You make a good case for the Cubs entering the bidding, John. Honestly? Yes, I’d say that the Cubs have to be on the table. They’d finally avenge the Lou Brock trade. 😉

  6. Pip Says:

    You’re right, JP, about La Russa’s history of insulting fans and the media’s blind eye toward it.

  7. Pip Says:

    Not sure I can add much more to what you wrote, mikkyld. 😉

  8. Pip Says:

    Danny, I’d wager another dollar (maybe more!) that Pujols does not re-sign with the Cardinals. You in?

  9. mikkyld Says:

    JP is indeed right about the media and TLR but not at all right about TLR and Beck.

    First the outing wasn’t TLR’s idea at all but beck wanting to honor albert and TLR trying to help AP by “making sure” it wasn’t a political rally.

    Whatever you think about that attempt, it is what happened.

    Second, it is pretty clear that TLR is a liberal and not at all the type to view beck favorably.

    Third, what happens at a non baseball event doesn’t have a damn thing to do with what happens on the field.

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