The Royals are finally making some moves that will boost their pitching and possibly improve the rest of the team. After the end of the season they made a move by sending Melky Cabrera to the Giants for Jonathon Sanchez. I was also happy to see the team resign Bruce Chen. For the past three years with the Royals Chen had 25 wins and 21 losses. He has done well for the team. Well today the Royals sign one of my favorite Dodger reliever, Jonathon Broxton. The 6’4 300lb reliever signs a 1yr deal that’s worth 4 million. Now I am hearing rumors of the Royals trading Joakim Soria for Bluejays outfielder Colby Rasmus. This is some nice news to see the Royals possibly rebuilding this team once again to be competitive again.
Albert Pujols was offered salary arbitration by the St. Louis Cardinals, putting the team in line to get two extra draft picks if the star first baseman signs with another team.
The World Series champions also offered arbitration to right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson and declined arbitration to shortstop Rafael Furcal and lefty Arthur Rhodes.
The Cardinals made the announcements before Wednesday’s deadline.
Pujols, one of only a handful of Type A free agents, has played all of his 11 major league seasons with St. Louis, hitting 445 home runs and batting .328 while winning the National League MVP three times.
His impending free agent status was an ongoing storyline before the season, then again as the Cardinals caught fire to win their second World Series title in six years.
While the Pujols family where away on vacation in Hawaii, Alberts agent got into some hot water via Deadspin.com. I have been waiting to see Albert and the Cardinals sign a new deal but instead we get Lozano getting fried by Deadspin and the media.
The article calls into question the business practices and the character of Dan Lozano, Pujols’ agent for eleven years.
The article explains someone delivered unmarked manila envelopes containing damaging information about Lozano to media outlets including Deadspin, ESPN, Sports Illustrated and Fox sports. Included in the envelopes are names, documents, and photographs that paint an unsavory portrait of Lozano’s business tactics.
Among other things, it’s alleged that Lozano hired prostitutes for some of his clients and prospective clients. It’s alleged that he lied about his education and personal history, and it’s alleged that Lozano’s personal money troubles led Pujols to sign a below market contract extension with the Cardinals in 2004, so Lozano could get his commission.
So I tend to wonder what will Pujols do next? Will he fire Lozano and hire another agent? Could Albert work out his own deal which former Cardinal pitcher Matt Morris did in the early 2000’s. With Albert being a strong christian I would tend to think he may want to distance himself from bad publicity like this. I am still hoping for Pujols to sign with the Cardinals in two weeks.
Club Manager Pitching Coach Hitting Coach
Memphis (AAA) Ron “Pop Warner^ Blaise Ilsley* Mark Budaska*
Springfield (AA) Mike Shildt^ Bryan Eversgerd^ Phillip Wellman*
Palm Beach (A) Johnny Rodriguez^ Dennis Martinez* Jeff Albert*
Quad Cities (A) Luis Aguayo^ Arthur “Ace” Adams^ Joe Kruzel*
Batavia (A) Dann Bilardello* Dernier Orozco^ Roger LaFrancois*
Johnson City (R) Oliver Marmol^ Doug White* Ramon Ortiz*
GCL Cardinals (R) Steve Turco* Tim Leveque^ TBD
Field Coordinator – Mark DeJohn*
Pitching Coordinator – Dyar Miller*
Hitting Coordinator – Derrick May*
Pitching Instructor – Brent Strom*
Special Assistant to Player Development – Gaylen Pitts*
Strength/Conditioning – Rene Pena*
Minor League Medical Coordinator – Keith Joynt*
My cousin Charlie James was awarded the St.Louis Sports Hall of Fame award last night at the Millennium Hotel. Charlie a home grown product of Rock Hill, Missouri played football and baseball at Webster Groves High School. He went on to University of Missouri to play football in 1957 and 58′. It was soon after he was drafted by the Cardinals. Charlie was notable due to hitting home runs off of Sandy Koufax. One of his home runs was a grand slam. An oddity I discovered was the fact that both Charlie and David Freese are not only local heros but they wore the same jersey number 23.
Charlie is an inspiration to me and other family members. He’s never give up attitude got him from the minors to the major league. As a kid I use to pretend I was the next family member to make it to the big league. I would use one of Charlie’s old bats and crank a homed run off of Ray Burris. My son Gabriel now pretends he is the family’s new super star. He is hoping to wear the number 23 when he makes it to a more competitive baseball league.
Cardinal Red actually does run through our veins.
\Charlie and his dad C.W James
Today the Cardinals made some staff changes. With Mark McGwire and Dave Duncan sticking around for 2012, Joe Pettini and Dave McKay found themselves being reassigned with the Cardinals. Mike Aldrete was then promoted to bench coach. Chris Maloney was also promoted from the Springfield team to the Cardinals new first base coach. Jose Oquendo also stays as third base coach and Derek Liliquist stays as bullpen coach.
Its good to see these changes. Hope to see something new and exciting from the new coaches.
After much anticipation the Cardinals announced Sunday evening that Mike Matheny becomes the 49th manager for the St.Louis Cardinals. He also receives his old jersey number 22 once again. If you are wondering if the other coaches are coming back as, of right now Matheny wants Dave Duncan to come back. We will hear about the rest of the coaches at the end of the week. I have rumors that Joe Pettini maybe replaced by Chris Maloney. Derek Lilliquist may also be replaced. I am a bit concerned about Mark McGwire and Jose Oquendo. McGwire was a LaRussa guy, he came back to the Cardinals for Tony and Tony wanted him to come back. So I think there is a good chance that McGwire may leave his post as batting instructor. Who would replace Big Mac? If Larry Walker is interested I believe he could be our next Batting Coach. Well, I am glad to see Matheny as our new manager. He will bring in a new and fresh attitude to this Cardinal Team.