Pogotheostrich wrote:I'm with TLR here. Rolen's value is at an all-time low. So why should the Cards deal him for 50 cents on the dollar cause Rolen says so? You look to make a deal but if you can't get fair value back then you tell Rolen too bad. If he plays good they have a better chance to trade him and everybody wins. If he pouts and plays poorly everybody loses.
Larussa's helped get it to the all time low with this talk. He's helped make it obvious that he has no patience for Rolen, and he's added to the pressure for management to move him. Sure, he threw in the "we need him to play" lines, but all this is really saying is "I don't want Scott on my team next year. Move him."
It's not his job to do that stuff. He's the manager. Shut up and deal with the roster you get in March.
You need to understand that the Cardinals organization isn't run like any other you're used to.
First of all, Tony is synonymous with management. He and Duncan are involved in trade talks. They are heavily consulted regarding contract issues. They recommend what free agents the team should pursue. For all intents and purposes, when you hear Tony talk, he's saying what all of management is thinking.
Second, Tony's comments aren't going to force management to trade him. Quite the contrary. Tony is saying that Scott wants to be traded, but his performance and behavior have made it impossible for the organization to get fair value for him. Tony is literally telling Scott, "If you want to be traded, you have to make yourself tradable. So shut up and start playing."
Finally, Tony is putting a notice to other organization to stop low balling the Cards. They won't trade Scott on the cheap.