NL Central Notes: Furcal, Astros, Lee, Phillips

A pair of legendary former Cubs and Cardinals third basemen (Ron Santo and Ken Boyer) are among the 10 "Golden Era" figures to be considered for induction into the Hall Of Fame by the Veterans' Committee.  Some other news from the NL Central…

  • Rafael Furcal has told the Cardinals that he will wait for the team to hire a new manager before deciding where to play in 2012, reports Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  Paul Kinser, Furcal's agent, says six teams have already contacted him about Furcal's services but "we're not in a hurry."
  • A number of Cardinals writers note in a Post-Dispatch roundtable that the club apparently has no problem in hiring a manager with no Major League experience.
  • Jim Crane's purchase of the Astros will likely be approved at the owners' meetings in two weeks, reports Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle.  Issues such as Crane's compensation for moving the team to the American League are still being negotiated but "for the first time since Crane and Drayton McLane shook hands on a deal almost six months ago, there’s a feeling within MLB that the deal will get done," Justice writes.
  • The Pirates are trying to re-sign Derrek Lee, reports MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch.
  • John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer thinks the Reds are looking for an extension for Brandon Phillips in the neighborhood of four years and $48MM.  Fay also discusses several other Reds-related topics with fans as part of the online chat.
  • There are no hard feelings between Theo Epstein and Ryne Sandberg, Epstein tells Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune.  The two exchanged complimentary phone calls in the wake of the Cubs' statement that their new manager "must have managerial or coaching experience at the Major League level," which Sandberg doesn't possess.


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41 Comments on "NL Central Notes: Furcal, Astros, Lee, Phillips"


Guest
3 years 8 months ago

I say Oquendo for manager, moved McKay to third base coach, and Sandberg for first base coach. Its an upgrade from AAA manager, plus then Cubs fans can see him in a winning uniform every day

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baseball52
3 years 8 months ago

He won’t accept a bench coaching job, why would he be a 1st base coach?

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

No.

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Vossome93
3 years 8 months ago

At this point I’d be pretty surprised if they don’t resign Furcal.

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The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

Im sure they are waiting to see what Albert does first. They already said if Albert walks they will look for a major upgrade at short (Reyes) or possible make a trade for a CF (Matt Kemp type). I used Kemps name because he was mentioned in the SI article I read.

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Vossome93
3 years 8 months ago

I would be surprised because I think he stays if Albert stays. And it would kind of surprise me if Pujols does leave. We are set up if he does leave because we can fill other holes. Put Berkman at first and Craig in right. Then upgrade SS or CF. But I feel he and Furcal will be back.

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

Kemp isn’t going anywhere especially to the cards and Reyes will never wear the birds on the bat

Bet on both of them

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The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

Just like the Cardinals couldnt win the 2011 World Series… right?

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Vossome93
3 years 8 months ago

 If there is anything everyone should have learned this last month, it’s that baseball is hard to bet on. You never know what is going to happen, or who is going where.

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Andy_B
3 years 8 months ago

I hope neither happens because it means the cards signed pujols.  But I can definitely see a scenario where the cardinals are better without pujols than with him.

There is no other Albert Pujols, but with craig in the lineup the drop won’t be that steep, but Reyes’s offense is a drastic improvement over Furcal’s as is Kemp over Jay.

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disgustedcubfan
3 years 8 months ago

If the Cards offer him the most $$$ and the most years, he’ll be wearing red with a big smile on his face.

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

Come on you guys, take it easy on Sean.  Not only did he predict the Cardinals winning the World Series on September 1st, I heard he predicted Jayson Werth going to the Nationals last year and predicted the Red Sox collapse.

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The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

OK, hire Oquendo already so we can get this off season going!

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Blue387
3 years 8 months ago

I wonder why didn’t Theo offer an interview with Sandberg. Is there something about him Theo does not like?

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disgustedcubfan
3 years 8 months ago

I’m hoping it’s because Theo wants to move forward and break ties with the old Cubby tradition B.S.  He is looking for a fresh, clean start with new blood.

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

For the last and final time. HE WANTS A MANAGER WITH BIG LEAGUE EXPERIENCE!

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stl_cards16
3 years 8 months ago

The managers position is really between Francona and Oquendo as I see it.  If they want someone with big league experience that has had success managing then Francona is the clear choice. 

If they decide they are comfortable with someone that has never managed before, Oquendo is the clear choice.  That way you keep the same culture you have had and the entire coaching staff would return.  It would be a pretty big snub if they hired a manager with no experience over Oquendo.

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gradylittle
3 years 8 months ago

Nevermind.