Chris Hrabe pinch hits for Fan on this mornings Ben Fred Friday live from San Diego at the MLB Winter Meetings. What’s the big talk on the Cardinals today as the meetings wind down? Some big signings already made by other teams this week are leaving some fans wondering what’s out there now for the Birds. Ben Fred tells us his thoughts on the Cardinals potentially signing a lefty pitcher and offense. Some names discussed include Alex Wood, Dallas Keuchel, Gio Gonzalez, Joc Pederson and more. Do the Cardinals leave the meetings with only intel and optimism? What about the minor leaguers that could make the major club out of Spring Training?

The guys talk about Mizzou’s coaching replacement in Eliah Drinkwitz. What are Ben Fred’s thoughts on him? He says he’s smart offensively and he’s after touchdowns not just field goals. Drinkwitz’s lack of tenure means fans can dream big instead of a coach with a long history for people to debate. What is Drinkwitz doing now on the recruiting front? Does his hire scare any guys from commitment to Mizzou?

Chris and Ben also talk about their friend Aaron Borchelt who passed away from the brutal disease recently, ALS. He was one of the biggest St. Louis sports fans and so many in the city knew and loved him. He was an usher at Busch and a constant attendee to anything he could get to sports-related in the town. Ben tells us about him and the terrible disease that he battled.