Joe Strauss’s article from this morning confirms that Walt Jocketty will meet with the Hendricks brothers, who represent Jason Schmidt. About a week ago, Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz mentioned the Cards’ interest but seemed to think the switch to the Hendricks brothers will be a hurdle. Jeff at Lookout Landing had this to say on Schmidt:
"Jason Schmidt is a guy whose name value rather substantially exceeds what he actually brings to the table on the field."
As Larry from Viva El Birdos has mentioned to me, the Cardinals pursue a big-name pitcher every winter and usually fail. Examples include Mike Hampton, Pedro Martinez, Tim Hudson, and A.J. Burnett. They did snag a big fish in the Mark Mulder deal, however.