That's part of the reason I expect both to be back.
He'll make the Cards HOF easily. Don't think he will get much traction for Cooperstown.
The Cardinals really are not that far off. They pitch well and defend well. They need a league average offense, or better. They don't have one at this time, but there will be good hitters who would improve this lineup available this offseason for deals that do not take horrendous amounts of cash or staggering years of commitment. The free agent list is populated with power that could make this lineup a lot more dangerous. Deals are there for the taking, and ones that are not possible now could be as the season nears. The Cardinals can be nimble and position themselves accordingly. The timing of the addition is not important. That they get some improved offense, guaranteed, is.
Molina has made it pretty clear he wants to play two more years. That could change, of course, if he gets hurt or something. Wainwright seems content to keep going year-by-year, meaning the next season is not decided upon until the current one ends. If he pitches well again in 2021, and Molina is back in 2022, I could see him signing up for another round.
When Commish last caught up with him entering the 2020 season, he was planning on joining the Cards for fantasy camp and being around more often moving forward after his retirement. Of course then everything changed and who could be around was limited drastically. He's said he would like to be involved in some way, shape or form but I don't know that he's looking for something in an official capacity. The Cardinals would of course welcome him back however he chooses to be around the organization. You never know where something like that can go.
Makes sense. Maddon and Kolten have a mutual appreciation. Wong has been outspoken about that, and he was one of the few Cardinals who made a point to praise Maddon when he made his last trip to St. Louis as the Cubs manager.
There are times the two remind me of one another. Often.
Time to run. Thanks for the discussion, folks. See you next week. Please have a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy the pie.