Another one would be St. Louis Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson also talking on the Spittin’ Chiclets podcast. He went to a hearing this past summer and Blues GM told him before the hearing that everything he said was just about business and that they still wanted him, but they had to do what they had to do, which was criticize a very good player, essentially nit-picking, to win an argument.
In the history of the franchise they have gone to a hearing just four times in their history, first with pitcher Dennys Reyes in 2002, pitcher Sun-Woo Kim in 2006, closer Brian Fuentes in 2008 and catcher Wilin Rosario in 2015. Nolan did not deserve to be int his list of players in the slightest.
I’m glad the front office came to its senses and bumped their offer to Nolan, because it was starting to feel like they were more worried about having control over Nolan versus trying their hardest to let him know how much they want him to be a Rockie for life.
Initially with this all this hullabaloo over the Nolan situation, I didn’t understand what the penny pinching was all about. Because, while I’m very happy they settled with Nolan, this offseason has become a lost cause in a way. Besides adding Daniel Murphy and the recent signing of Mark Reynolds to a minors deal, where did all the money they seemed to have wanted to save go? I understand not signing DJ because the logjam at second this year will be a sight to behold without him, but it doesn’t seem like they made a huge effort on Ottavino, and I think that will hurt the team.