In an attempt to keep bringing you the best content possible, I was able to participate in a quick email interview with national baseball insider, Chris Cotillo, of MLBDailyDish.com. It contains a variety of topics ranging from the offseason of the St. Louis Cardinals to his busy life as a high school senior and baseball insider. Though he may still be in high school, he is one of the best baseball insiders and writers out there, so I am extremely thankful to have had this opportunity.
stlCupofJoe: What are your thoughts on the Cardinals offseason thus far? With Peter Bourjos/Randal Grichuk, Jhonny Peralta, and Mark Ellis on board, Cardinal Nation is pretty pumped, so what’s a national media member’s thoughts?
Chris Cotillo: I think they’ve had one of the more interesting offseasons in baseball this winter. As one of the best teams in the league last year, they didn’t seem like they had a lot to do, but still found a way to improve. I like the Bourjos trade, and Ellis is a nice complementary piece as well. The loss of Beltran will hurt them, and Peralta’s success may not be sustainable over all four seasons. Only time will tell, though.
stlCupofJoe: Which of the three acquisitions will affect the team the most long-term? I have my opinion, which I’ve shared on Twitter, but would love to hear yours as well.
Chris Cotillo: I think the Bourjos/Grichuk deal will be the best for them. Bourjos is a very underrated, good player…and Grichuk is not a throw-in by any means. Both of those guys have a legitimate chance to help the Cardinals at the big league level for a long time, and a guy who needed a change of scenery (Freese) and a throw-in (Salas) don’t seem like too hefty of a price to pay for them.
stlCupofJoe: With the majority of the offseason checklist completed, do you see the Cardinals making any more complementary moves?
Chris Cotillo: I think they are pretty much done for now. Small waiver claim/40-man roster shuffling moves always happen, but there are no glaring holes after the moves that they have made.
stlCupofJoe: It appears that the final spot is down to Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma. If you were in charge, who would you pick?
Chris Cotillo: I would pick Descalso, just because of the versatility he can provide. Kozma may have some trade value because many teams are looking for help at shortstop.
stlCupofJoe: As a soon-to-be high school graduate and national baseball insider, you’ve obviously got a lot on your plate. How are you able to handle it all?
Chris Cotillo: I get about 4 hours of sleep per night, but I feel like I’m not accomplishing anything if I’m not awake, so I get used to it. I prioritize school over baseball writing, but if it’s a time-sensitive news item that needs to be written about, pre-calc or Spanish work can wait.
stlCupofJoe: What is your favorite part of being a baseball insider?
Chris Cotillo: Actually, just the competition part of it. I know that there are dozens of excellent reporters chasing the same stories as I am, so being able to get something first is something that I take pride in. I bet the thrill of the competition of getting information before others wears off after a while, but for someone like me who can’t hit a beach ball with a tennis racquet–it’s the closest thing to a sport as I can get.
stlCupofJoe: As a Boston native, is it tough to stay as un-biased as possible while doing your job? Or do you still find the time to show your Red Sox pride?
Chris Cotillo: It’s becoming easier. I root for people in the game who have been good to me and have helped me out, regardless of team or opponent. Being able to cover the World Series in October at Fenway, I was thrilled to see the Sox win just because I knew it meant a ton to a lot of friends and family members of mine…and the city needed it badly after what we went through in April with the bombing. It truly brought everyone together once again, but this time for something extremely positive. I may not be a diehard Red Sox fan anymore, but I am still a diehard fan of the city of Boston and everything it stands for.
stlCupofJoe: I’m a Butler pharmacy student, but I also aspire to be a pretty respected baseball writer (which is why I started stlCupofJoe), what would be one piece of advice you would have for me?
Chris Cotillo: My biggest thing is to not make up stories or claim that sources are telling you things when they’re not. You earn respect from other reporters by citing sources, showing that you have a passion for all of this, and by not making things up.
For the latest breaking news in the MLB, I highly recommend you follow @ChrisCotillo on Twitter. You can also read some of his top-notch articles on MLBDailyDish.com. He is one of the few national insiders that I follow on a regular basis, and I highly recommend you do the same.
Until next time…
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