01/29/2005: Over at the Cardinals Birdhouse....
Ray Mileur is bemoaning the fact that something has gone terribly wrong in the negotiations between Cardinals ownership and General Manager Walt Jocketty. Apparently, Jocketty has been offered a contract extension which, if accepted, would make him one of the lowest paid GMs in MLB:
It's been an amazing run of unparallel success by Walt Jocketty and the fact that the Cardinals contract offer of a three-year, $2.1 million extension — paying him $650,000, $700,000 and $750,000 — is well below market price considering Jocketty's tenure and his contributions to the St. Louis Cardinals.And on the main Birdhouse page Ray asks a pertinent question:
Jocketty, 54, not only would remain one of the lowest-paid GMs in baseball, but he would be paid nearly one-third of what GMs John Hart of Texas and David Dombrowski of Detroit get. They earn $2 million a year, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today's Sport Weekly.
This is unacceptable and the Cardinals need to step up to the plate and take care of the best general manager in baseball and that's the bottom line. As one Cardinal insider said yesterday to me, "Losing Walt Jocketty would be the biggest public relations disaster in 70 years."
Listen Up Sports Fans, don't buy into the spin from Cardinals' President William DeWitt, that every thing is ok in the Walt Jocketty contract negotiations or process, as reported by the Post Dispatch.
Jocketty can bring Walker, Mudler & Grudz to St. Louis and no one knows anything about it until it's all over.
Yet in Jocketty's own contract talks, there is a leak?
Interesting don't you think?
Len on 01.29.05 @ 04:22 PM CST