Mozeliak douses Bartlett notion

In his nightly powwow with reporters on Monday evening, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak touched on a wide range of topics — but before he even took the first question, he got right to one specific point.

“I guess I should start with an opening statement,” Mozeliak said, “that the Bartlett rumor is not true.”
The “Bartlett rumor” was a renewal of reports that the Cards are pursuing Tampa Bay infielder Jason Bartlett. Jon Heyman of SI.com and Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch were among those who reported that things might heat up once again.
However, Mozeliak explained that from his perspective, any notion of Bartlett coming to St. Louis is simply not realistic at this point.
He pointed to the fact that the club is happy with its recent acquisition of Ryan Theriot, and also noted that by spending $8 million on Lance Berkman, St. Louis is rapidly approaching the upper bounds of its 2011 player payroll.
“It’s twofold,” Mozeliak said. “One is, we’ve already made a trade for a player. And number two is after we did the Berkman deal, that [money] is becoming something that we have to be aware of too. We’re pretty comfortable now with what we’ve done in the middle infield.
“When we actually did that deal [trading for Theriot], there was still the potential to do something else in the middle infield. But then since then, subsequently, we’ve added Berkman and we don’t anticipate doing an additional move.”
–Matthew Leach

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Sorry but I am just not happy with Ryan Theriot at shortstop and Skip Schumaker at 2nd. We are really bad up the middle.

Ok, I dont understand this Bartlett give the Cards speed, good defense, an improvement at the plate and I dont think it would cost the Cards a heck of a lot.

I agree. I’m not happy with Theriot and Schumaker up the middle, either. I think that they should go after Jose Reyes. It would give them a leadoff hitter as well.

Great, we blew the bankroll on an over the hill pinch hitter instead of getting the help needed in the infield. Another LONG year ahead unless Ryan and Skip start hitting again. Still don’t understand why they don’t just go ahead and use one of the young catchers in the system for backup this year. If it doesn’t work out, then look for an old timer. Problem with catchers is if you want one who can hit AND throw, they are worth big bucks. Otherwise you have to take one who can ONLY hit or throw. My inclination is that the backup catcher should be at least adequate on defense. Anything he hits is gravy.

I’m not happy with either of the deals the Cards have made so far. There is a reason that Berkman was a DH last year. We should have used his money to get a better infielder than Theriot. Wow…this is gonna be a long year. I like Ryan, I just wish he could hit like he did the year before last year. I like Skip as well, but he is a liability in the field. But, I think you can live with it if he hits like we know he can. And as far as back up catcher…use someone in the system. Give them a chance to taste the big leagues. Why spend money on an aged player when you can develop a young guy. Yadi isn’t going to be able to catch forever..unfortunatly. Go cards!!

Jrandle128… You can’t just say, “hey i like this guy lets sign him.” Jose Reyes is over-paid and hasn’t really given the Mets much. That’s probably one of the reasons they are so bad. I think give Theriot a shot at SS, but if he doesn’t perform then move him to 2nd, trade Brendon and another player for Stephen Drew, and move Skip back to the outfield to give Berkman some backup.
The Cards will still be really solid this year no matter what. They had one of the worst seasons I’ve seen in a long time, for as much talent that’s there. They will get back to the Cardinals we’re used to seeing.

If Bengie Molina is retiring, wouldn’t that be a cheap option to fill the back-up back-stop….I like the Bergman experiment and his switch hitting provides some needed pop to the outfield. Westbrook should be better, so the starting staff should remain solid.

It’s ALL good!! Skip is a far better fielder than most give him credit for. He turns the DP as good as anybody in the business. Theriot is quite adequate as Short. While Lance may not have the fleetest of feet, he’s got the savvy and experience to hold his own in LF. What a great line-up…batting Theriot, Rasmus, Albert, Matt, Lance, Freese, Yadi, pitcher, and Schu-man!! Get your tickets while they last!!! Play Ball!!

It’s ALL good!! Skip is a far better fielder than most give him credit for. He turns the DP as good as anybody in the business. Theriot is quite adequate as Short. While Lance may not have the fleetest of feet, he’s got the savvy and experience to hold his own in LF. What a great line-up…batting Theriot, Rasmus, Albert, Matt, Lance, Freese, Yadi, pitcher, and Schu-man!! Get your tickets while they last!!! Play Ball!!

Some of you are not listening…Ryan is done in St. Louis and Theriot is our ss! They looking to trade him. Theriot and Schumacher will do fine and neither one of them will bat in the .220s. Who’s the over the hill pinch hitter? Berkman will be in rf and Theriot at short. Two Great moves. I look forward to the 2011 season!

Terry.. Yes.. Reyes has been injured with the Mets, and has been down the last year or so, but he is still an above average SS on defense and offense, plus he is available for trade. He gives the Cards a dimension that they haven’t had since Vince Coleman, which is dynamic speed on the base paths. The Cards haven’t had a player with 30+ SBs in a while. Reyes will give them 50+. And he has a little power. Imagine how many RBIs Pujols will have with Reyes batting in front of him. A walk is a double with this guy. He is a better SS than Drew, Bartlett, Ryan, and Theriot. Make the trade for Reyes..

Even if Reyes could be had for a good price, why would you want a basestealer at the top of the lineup? Any time you get a double or a walk+sb from the top of the lineup, it just means another intentional walk for pujols, not an rbi opportunity. You ideally want a singles hitter that has enough speed to get from first to third on Pujols’ singles. If Theriot is anything, he’s that.

Thats the purpose of having Holliday as protection for Pujols. Just in case they do intentionally walk him. Plus, if Berkman bats second in the order, like has been suggested, it would be big trouble for opposing teams from the top two-thirds of our batting order. So are you saying that Reyes can’t get from first to third on a single by Pujols? He may go from first to home on a single by Pujols.

The cards come in third in the division in 2012,behind cubs and reds. Not enough moves to improve teams speed batting avg and most of all if everyone forgot the bullpen.

“…why would you want a basestealer at the top of the lineup? Any time you get a double or a walk+sb from the top of the lineup, it just means another intentional walk for pujols, not an rbi opportunity.You ideally want a singles hitter that has enough speed to get from first to third on Pujols’ singles.”

Please explain how getting to third results in an RBI. TIA

That’s your opinion haha.. The Cardinals could go on the field and goof around every game and still finish in 2nd place. Who do you think the Cubs have picked up to all of a sudden make them a winning team??? Everyone is forgetting that last year we had one of the better lineups in the NL and not very many people performed. Albert had a good year, BUT it wasn’t a typical Albert season. Holliday didn’t even start to hit till the last half of the season. Absolutely no one played to they’re potential, except a few like Waino, and Miller.
Have all Cardinals fans forgotten the HUGE hole in the back of our bullpen? Ryan Franklin needs to be replaced before he becomes an Isringhausen. I like the guy too much to see him start to go down hill.. Go CARDS

That’s your opinion haha.. The Cardinals could go on the field and goof around every game and still finish in 2nd place. Who do you think the Cubs have picked up to all of a sudden make them a winning team??? Everyone is forgetting that last year we had one of the better lineups in the NL and not very many people performed. Albert had a good year, BUT it wasn’t a typical Albert season. Holliday didn’t even start to hit till the last half of the season. Absolutely no one played to they’re potential, except a few like Waino, and Miller.
Have all Cardinals fans forgotten the HUGE hole in the back of our bullpen? Ryan Franklin needs to be replaced before he becomes an Isringhausen. I like the guy too much to see him start to go down hill.. Go CARDS

That’s your opinion haha.. The Cardinals could go on the field and goof around every game and still finish in 2nd place. Who do you think the Cubs have picked up to all of a sudden make them a winning team??? Everyone is forgetting that last year we had one of the better lineups in the NL and not very many people performed. Albert had a good year, BUT it wasn’t a typical Albert season. Holliday didn’t even start to hit till the last half of the season. Absolutely no one played to they’re potential, except a few like Waino, and Miller.
Have all Cardinals fans forgotten the HUGE hole in the back of our bullpen? Ryan Franklin needs to be replaced before he becomes an Isringhausen. I like the guy too much to see him start to go down hill.. Go CARDS

sorry my computer is messing up on me lol..

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