Luhnow still optimistic about signing Russell

21 Jul

If you are looking for last night’s daily prospect report, it’s right here.

Lloyd: What are the chances of a guy like you and a girl like me… ending up together?
Mary: Well, that’s pretty difficult to say.
Lloyd: Hit me with it! I’ve come a long way to see you, Mary. The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances?
Mary: Not good.
Lloyd: You mean, not good like one out of a hundred?
Mary: I’d say more like one out of a million.
[pause]
Now Happy Lloyd: So you’re saying there’s a chance!—

Dumb and Dumber

I think the Birds have a better chance at signing Russell then Lloyd Christmas has with Mary Swanson, but from what the rumors we’ve been hearing Russell is supposed to be heading to Texas. Now with Kozma signed, the Cardinals can focus all their efforts on signing Russell. Luhnow is optimistic-

“I absolutely believe that there is a chance” to sign Russell, Luhnow said of a player widely speculated to be returning to college. “Any time a player is unsigned at this time, they have to make contingency plans, but I’m still very hopeful and optimistic.”

Luhnow said about negotiations, “It’s not a 100 percent match but we’ll try to bridge the gap. If you can get a player like that in the fourth round and get him signed, it’s a real plus.”

Please do bridge that gap. I’m almost thinking of starting up a collection here on this site.

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7 Responses to “Luhnow still optimistic about signing Russell”

  1. b.j. July 22, 2007 at 6:39 am #

    you should start a page here on the site that’s sort of a petition thing – saying something about how the undersigned, as cardinal fans, hereby promise to not complain about the festering cesspool that is the major league club for a month (or maybe just a week) if we are informed that the cardinals have signed russell. then you get a bunch of names on the page, so at least we’ll feel like we’re doing … something.

  2. Picklefork July 22, 2007 at 8:50 am #

    I would feel much better about Russell if Luhnow was also in charge of signings and bonuses, but he isnt. I am not sure Jocketty is going to ok his budget of 900k to 1M for a guy with swiss cheese in his swing.

    But one thing seems pretty sure, Luhnow has a man crush on Russell and lets hope that leads him to persuading Billy D of doing the unthinkable….opening up his wallet.

    Fingers crossed, but prepared to be let down…….again!

  3. fewgoodcards July 22, 2007 at 9:10 am #

    with the success chris duncan is having this year luhnow needs to try and sell jocketty and dewitt on russell being a more athletic chris duncan

  4. Brak60 July 22, 2007 at 12:39 pm #

    I found this blog update from a Texas newspaper. http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/longhorns/entries/2007/07/17/russell_suttle_undecided.html

    The interesting thing is the final couple of lines: “Russell and Suttle, both All-Americans, are asking for seven-digit salaries according to sources close to the Texas baseball team.

    The earliest they could sign for that amount would be Aug. 1. ”

    Is there some kind of restriction on giving $1 million in bonus money to a player not drafted in the first round? This is the first I’ve heard of it, and it seems odd that the writer put it in these terms. I’ve emailed for an explanation, but I thought I’d ask here as well.

  5. DJ87 July 22, 2007 at 1:39 pm #

    If the Cards are really committed to developing a better farm system and developing players from within shouldn’t they be willing to invest a little extra money in guys like Russell, Henley, Stutes, and Zawacki. Obviously they don’t just want to throw money around, but it seems like signing all of our top draft picks would go along with the whole investing more in player development thing.

  6. Picklefork July 22, 2007 at 3:10 pm #

    The Commish wont sign off on such big over slot signings until later in the process, so it wont provide more fiction between Clubs and Agents.

    We will see a bunch of teams like the Dodgers, Yanks and Redsox start to give up 750K here, 1M there and so on……starting around the 5th of August.

    Good teams, let me rephrase that…smart teams understand its better to pay now a little for the future instead of paying a alot down the road.

    Better to invest an extra 500K on a guy like Russell then bring in another Ponson or Spivey hoping the luck of the Irish strikes Cardinal Nation.

  7. the red baron July 22, 2007 at 10:23 pm #

    just give these players whatever they want. I’ll sign any kind of petition anyone wants to put together.

    The cost of signing draft picks, even given the attrition rates of prospects, is far lower than trying to get the same quality players after they’ve been in the majors for 6-8 years and they’ve got you over a barrel. Six years of control, for whatever the bonus is, is an absolute steal when you compare it to the salaries of free agents.

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