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Cardinals could get Allen Craig back for World Series

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09:32 AM ET 10.19 | Allen Craig estimated that he stood in the batter's box for an estimated 10 simulated at-bats early Friday afternoon. The live batting practice session "went well," the first baseman said afterward, and it is the latest step in Craig's efforts to be cleared to return for the World Series. A few hours later, as the Cardinals were celebrating a 9-0 win that punched their ticket to the Fall Classic, Craig expressed an optimism that he would be ready to go when the World Series opens Wednesday (6:30 p.m. CT air time on FOX, 7:07 p.m. first pitch). "I think I'll be ready," Craig said. "I'm going to give it my best shot. I feel good. I feel like I'm progressing in my rehab. If I had it my way, I'm going to be out there. That's what I'm anticipating. I wouldn't miss it for the world."

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October 19, 2013  11:38 AM ET
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The Cards are looking good, and getting Craig back to split time at DH and 1B with Adams would benefit the team greatly. Just think...the Cards let Pujols go, and with that draft pick, they get Wacha, plus still have Craig, and used the Pujols money to sign Beltran.Moves like that are why St. Louis has been to four World Series in the past 10 years.

It's good to be lucky as well. They did walk away from Albert, but not before offering him a 10 year deal @ $220M. I hope they send Arte Moreno a Christmas card every year.

October 19, 2013  11:48 AM ET
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It's good to be lucky as well. They did walk away from Albert, but not before offering him a 10 year deal @ $220M. I hope they send Arte Moreno a Christmas card every year.

Yep. I love how conventional wisdom has evolved into praising the Cards for their genius decision to let Pujols go. That's not exactly what happened. Another team just made a more ridiculous offer than they did.

October 19, 2013  12:18 PM ET

Getting Craig back would be huge, even if it is just to DH in the AL park. Without him, the DH options are light hitters such as Chambers, Robinson or Wong. It'd be good to have Craig's bat if he is healthy enough. His timing is bound to be off though, so there is some risk with sticking him into a World Series lineup after 6 weeks away.

October 19, 2013  02:38 PM ET
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It's good to be lucky as well. They did walk away from Albert, but not before offering him a 10 year deal @ $220M. I hope they send Arte Moreno a Christmas card every year.

In hind site I think the Cardinals played psychologically games with Albert pressing all the right buttons to make sure he wouldn't take that offer which was more than fair. Maybe all the complaints by Albert has some merit. Unfortunately he's an extremely emotional person. He let it get the best of him in this case.

There's no way it was ever in his long term best interest to leave St. Louis. Being the greatest living Cardinal has huge financial benifits in Saint Louis. He'll never see those benifits now. LA has a former superstar on every corner who just irritate people by getting in the way.

October 19, 2013  02:39 PM ET

psychological

October 19, 2013  02:41 PM ET

Having a legitimate DH for the Wold Series is absolutely huge. I hope Craig is healthy and hasn't lost his stroke.

October 19, 2013  03:02 PM ET
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Yep. I love how conventional wisdom has evolved into praising the Cards for their genius decision to let Pujols go. That's not exactly what happened. Another team just made a more ridiculous offer than they did.

But, that deal and a few others (Texeira, Carl Crawford in Boston, etc) has caused many GMs and owners to back away from such long-term commitments.
At least, I hope so; we'll see during this winter's FA season (will Boras get some GM to go stupid over Ellsbury?).

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October 19, 2013  04:32 PM ET
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The Cards drew a line, and refused to overpay. Smart.

Their offer of 220M was overpaying in most minds. They were just lucky Albert didn't accept.

October 19, 2013  07:14 PM ET
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But, that deal and a few others (Texeira, Carl Crawford in Boston, etc) has caused many GMs and owners to back away from such long-term commitments.At least, I hope so; we'll see during this winter's FA season (will Boras get some GM to go stupid over Ellsbury?).

Will Jay-Z get someone to sign Cano for 10 years?

October 19, 2013  07:25 PM ET
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In hind site I think the Cardinals played psychologically games with Albert pressing all the right buttons to make sure he wouldn't take that offer which was more than fair. Maybe all the complaints by Albert has some merit. Unfortunately he's an extremely emotional person. He let it get the best of him in this case. There's no way it was ever in his long term best interest to leave St. Louis. Being the greatest living Cardinal has huge financial benifits in Saint Louis. He'll never see those benifits now. LA has a former superstar on every corner who just irritate people by getting in the way.

Yeah, losing that Ted Drewes endorsement deal pretty much sunk Albert financially.

At the time, everybody knew that Pujols would not take that offer from the Cards...he had let them know that he expected ARod money or more and took what the Cards offered as an insult. It was a PR move so they could convince the casual fans that they had more a strong push to keep Pujols while they were really waving bye-bye to him.

October 19, 2013  09:13 PM ET
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Yeah, losing that Ted Drewes endorsement deal pretty much sunk Albert financially.At the time, everybody knew that Pujols would not take that offer from the Cards...he had let them know that he expected ARod money or more and took what the Cards offered as an insult. It was a PR move so they could convince the casual fans that they had more a strong push to keep Pujols while they were really waving bye-bye to him.

That is 100% correct. I don't believe they ever had any intention of bringing him back.

October 19, 2013  09:24 PM ET
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Will Jay-Z get someone to sign Cano for 10 years?

As soon as Tom Hicks buys back into the League.

October 19, 2013  09:36 PM ET
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But, that deal and a few others (Texeira, Carl Crawford in Boston, etc) has caused many GMs and owners to back away from such long-term commitments.At least, I hope so; we'll see during this winter's FA season (will Boras get some GM to go stupid over Ellsbury?).

The Dodgers have been "negotiating" with Kershaw over a $300 MILLION lifetime contract so not everyone learned their lessons

http://tracking.si.com/2013/10/19/dodgers-clayton-kershaw-300-million-cont ract/?eref=mrss_igoogle_sports

October 20, 2013  01:11 AM ET

Cano will be 31 next season a 10 year contract is a bad move. Cano would be under contract until age 41. The only way a team could manage a 10 year contract would be to front load that contract over 5 to7 years and gradually reduce the dollar amount over remaining years.

October 20, 2013  06:59 AM ET
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Yeah, losing that Ted Drewes endorsement deal pretty much sunk Albert financially.At the time, everybody knew that Pujols would not take that offer from the Cards...he had let them know that he expected ARod money or more and took what the Cards offered as an insult. It was a PR move so they could convince the casual fans that they had more a strong push to keep Pujols while they were really waving bye-bye to him.

I agree with everything but the Ted Drewes assessment. I think you grossly underestimate the amount of money Pujols could make in Saint Louis after retiring as one of the two greatest Cardinals. He'll get nothing in LA. I doubt he's making anything on endorsements now.

 
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