OK, I'm not kidding around. I want John Mozeliak's job as General Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. You heard me...I can sit in my immaculate office, sip a latte, make a few phone calls...and then not make any deals that would improve my club's chances of competing in the Cub-heavy NL Central.
I can lean back in my Corinthian leather high-back, conduct an online chat with the fandom of the heartland, and then check the latest moves made by an actual, real life GM, residing somewhere on the north side of Chicago. And I am more than aware that times are tough, and the suits are lookin' to save a dime, so here I am. I'll work for half of BIG MO's salary and I'll make my own coffee.
So what has Mozeliak accomplished in October, November, December, January, and the first week of February? Let's see...ummm...let me think...hey, we acquired Trever Miller, another right handed reliever with a robust 4.15 ERA.
Oh, and don't forget that we were able to trade for Khalil Green...yeah, that guy who played in a 105 games and hit a rousing .215 for the Padres. Wow, those are the moves that make me yearn for the start of the 2009-10 NFL season.
Here's my take on the Fredbirds as we near spring training:
1. The bullpen was horrid last year...they blew something like 29 leads and Trever Miller is not the answer. We need a proven closer, but Mo seems to be leaning towards a committee of Perez/Motte. Keep the Tums handy.
2. Don't count on Chris Carpenter...please. This guy was great when his right arm was fully attached. For all the hype and hyperbole, we got 15 innings out of Carp last year. Not exactly what I would call a Number One starter.
3. Always question medical timetables. Troy Glaus had surgery on his shoulder and according to post-op reports, will be rehabbing for three months. Soooo, I figure we're looking at July before Tony can pencil TG in the five-hole. Never trust a medical professional.
4. Alright, Albert wants him. Cardinal nation wants him. I'm guessing Larussa wants him. Go get Manny Ramirez. He would make this team a contender instantly and would protect Sir Albert in the middle of the lineup. I know...Mo would have to give up his personal driver and the country club membership, but based on productivity, I'll go with Ramirez.
So what's in store for Mo's boys: 76 wins, fourth place in NL Central, 32 blown saves, and more empty seats in the new Busch Stadium. Oh, and Albert' stat line: .325/40/120 (No Manny), .345/47/140 (Yes Manny). We report, you decide.