No more Cardinals for Uncle, no sirree. He’s just signed up to play in the AL West with the Angels for the next 10 years at 25 mill a year (and Lance Berkman gets to go back to first base) and he gets to learn how to hit at Safeco and the Coliseum, the only 2 places he hasn’t hit well (yeah, small sample size, I know…) He’s only hit .311/.387/.569/.956 here. I went looking for places where he didn’t hit well and I couldn’t find any.
It’s going to be strange to not see him wending his menacing way to the plate any more.
No question, the best ballplayer next to Barry Lamar Bonds I have seen play – The Rickey comes in 3rd. I’m really glad I got to watch Uncle, in spite of his killing my ballclub, up close for 10 years.
I guess clubs had to give him 10 years, in spite of the fact that he’ll be 42 at the end of the contract and he’s not going to hit like Uncle for 10 years. I guess he’ll be a HR draw, or something. I’m not surprised he left Saint Looey if they were offering him 50 mill less. I wonder if they really wanted him to stay at all because they could and should have been working on an extension several years ago. I have this feeling that once Jocketty left, that Mozeliak had no intention of making Uncle a lifetime Cardinal.
And speaking of Saint Looey, Jeff Luhnow is our new GM – he worked with the Cards for 7 years.
He’s supposed to be a guy who can help build up the farm (here and I thought Ed Wade was the guy who was supposed to do that) and extend the Astros presence in Latin America (here and I thought that is what Ed Wade had already done).
He joined the Cards as a business buddy of the owner, a guy who knew nothing whatsoever about baseball (another Postolos?)- I heard that it was he who forced the exit of Walt Jocketty – heard it from a number of sources. I also heard that Luhnow was on the way out, anyway, as he was no longer farm director or even in charge of the draft. He was in charge from 05 to 09 – and let’s see who he managed to draft that was any good for the Cards, either playing FOR them, or used as trade bait for something good.
2005: a good year: Colby Rasmus 1st round, Tyler Greene (SS who makes Adam Everett look like Pujols) 2nd round, Mitchell Boggs 5th round and Jaime Garcia, 22nd round. I haven’t forgotten Nick Stravinoha, but he was awful.
2006: 1st pick a bust. Chris Perez, also 1st round – pitched decently for 1 1/2 years, had a hard time closing, disliked by TLR, traded for Mark DeRosa, who was gone at the end of the year and didn’t help them win. 2nd rounder Jon Jay, who replaced Colby Rasmus and his daddy. 8th round – Allen Craig, who made the team this year at age 26 and hit in the playoffs when he needed to. 12th rounder David Carpenter, traded to the Stros for the corpse of Pedro Feliz, who did nothing for his new team neither. 28th rounder Luke Gregerson, a good reliever traded to the Pads in 08 for the corpse of Khalil Greene (remember when he was good, cuz I sure do…)
total of 2 draftees who help/helped the club – CF Jay and utility guy Craig. A couple of other guys had cups of coffee, but didn’t succeed.
2007: 1st pick bust – a HS SS with a minor league .653 OPS; 2nd pick Clayton Mortenson, traded with Brett Wallace for Matt Holliday – DEFINITELY a win there. When is the last time Billy Beane made a GOOD trade, let alone a effing A trade? 3rd rounder Daniel Descalso – a good infielder. A couple of other guys with cups of coffee and no obvious future in MLB.
So we have a good utility guy who can play a solid 3rd base and a crappy pitcher traded for a GOOD outfielder who re-signed as an expensive FA, but helped them get a WS victory.
2008: first rounders Brett Wallace (well, he hit like a machine until he started facing ML pitchers) and Lance Lynn, a decent enough middle reliever. That is IT and no one else looks as if he’s going anywhere near the majors.
lousy – I’m seeing a downward trend.
2009: 1st rounder Shelby Miller, who has been a decent to good SP through AA, and is 20 years old. No one else looks like awesomeness. Of course I know that some guys take more than 2 years to develop and some guys, like Allen Craig, get a late start in the majors.
Fernando Salas was also signed out of the mexican league in 07 – if Luhnow was responsible for that, that’s a plum, but that is all on the ML roster for all the supposed Latin talent he is supposed to have captured.
I got an email from a reader with this link from Beyond The Boxscore, an interview with Luhnow a couple of years ago – click HERE to read.