The St. Louis Cardinals managed to go an almost unprecedented 4-for-4 with their acquisitions this summer, helping them to run away from their archrival Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. Their hot streak might also have raised the confidence of their front office to extreme heights.
How else to explain club owner
DeWitt, leader of one of baseball's best organizations, also said, "We want to make sure Albert's a long-term, lifetime Cardinal."
As if a winter in which they will try to placate, satisfy and bring back managerial icon
"No chance can they keep both," one competing GM opined.
It isn't often a team confronts a contract situation with two more years to go. But Pujols is a special situation. "Two years is a long time, but two years can go fast," DeWitt said.
Pujols, who is make $16 million in 2010 under his current contract and another $16 million on a 2011 club option, is expected to seek at least a contract extension with a salary comparable to
Holliday, the top free agent this winter (just ahead of
The Cardinals, whose midsummer deals for Holliday,
But perhaps it doesn't matter whether anyone thinks it can be done. Negotiating with the two stars simultaneously actually makes sense for a variety of reasons, including ...
• By getting counter-offers from both stars, they can judge the reasonableness of both against each other.
• They avoid insulting Pujols by making a higher accompanying offer to him at a time they're likely to offer Holliday a deal to beat Pujols' current $16 million salary.
• They show both they're interested in retaining the best 3-4 combination in baseball, and perhaps give each an even better feeling about the team's chances (of course money is always assumed to be the key factor in any negotiation, but both stars have to relish having the other around).
• They show their great fans how serious they are.
• They show La Russa and Duncan how serious they are.
Regarding La Russa, DeWitt said that he remained "hopeful and optimistic" that he'll stay.
DeWitt didn't volunteer his opinion of their chances to accomplish the Daily Double of Pujols and Holliday. But if they can do it, they'll surprise a lot of folks around baseball.
A person familiar with the Astros' plans says they will interview
The one person long seen as a viable candidate is
Other interesting candidates include Astros icons
The other possibility, and it's probably a long shot (though the possibility has been rumored), would be to hope La Russa and Duncan bolt the Cardinals and they can steal that vaunted tandem from the best team in the NL Central. That would be a coup, as it's hard to imagine La Russa ditching a great situation in St. Louis for a team with troubles.
Wedge is well-respected and well-liked around baseball, especially by Shapiro, a longtime supporter. And Wedge is said by Indians insiders to be just as consistent and calm as ever during this dreadful year. But a team doesn't often suffer this sort of collapse and carry on status quo.
Shapiro is believed to have had no intention to fire Wedge. But with the Indians having been outscored 71-30 in their 11-game slide, it's becoming increasingly difficult to make a compelling case to keep him as manager. His salary for 2010 is believed to be for $1.25 million, but the cash-strapped Indians saved about $15 million for next year with the trades of
Former Indians pitcher
Some teams are wondering whether the Cubs might consider drastic changes, considering a new owner,
If they do considering trading off some of their bigger contracts, there are lot to consider, including
One Cub likely to find himself on a new team next year is troubled outfielder
In any case, he's got to go somewhere else next year. The Cubs and their new owners can't possibly want to start their new regime with the meltdown man.
One team that may make sense for Bradley is the Padres. Bradley's tenure in San Diego didn't end well, as he tore his ACL while going after an umpire (he was spun to the ground by manager
One GM said of Bradley, "He needs to come somewhere where he won't be noticed too much."
That sounds like the Padres.
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• Some rare good news for the Pirates:
• The Rangers'
• Execs think Halladay will be back on the block this winter. "He doesn't want to be there. It only makes sense (to trade him)," one exec noted.
• Time for the Dodgers and Rockies to sign GMs
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