First, I let them know that Grudz had a year that by reasonable measures was way above average for him. The "baseball move" that Jocketty was talking about was - imo - a polite way of saying that they did not believe they would get a repeat performance from him. The fact that he went on to get overpaid is ancillary.
After making that astute observation ( ), I decided to lay one last comment on these guys that would get me about 10 seconds of arguing and then a prompt and discourteous disconnection. Here's what I said...
DJ JT wrote:The Cardinals don't necessarily need to go shopping for a second baseman. They already have a good one. He's playing shortstop. Not to take anything away from Eckstein - I think he's an excellent ball player - but in this market, I think it's actually easier to go sign a shortstop than it is to sign a second baseman.
The host of the show went on to whip out fielding % and # of attempts stats to claim that Eckstein was one of the best defensive shortstops in the game, but by the end of their discussion, his co-host was siding with me.
I always thought this was a pretty obvious observation. I never had once considered that it might get two guys going in opposite directions, and pretty vehemently, too, I might add. What do you guys think? Am I out in left field with this notion?