Di you really expect John Mozeliak to give up control of the baseball operations after being promoted to president of baseball operations?
Management will be taking notes . . .
When was the last time Bill DeWitt Jr. disparaged his players, field staff or management team publicly? That is not is style. If he doesn't believe in Mozeliak's vision for getting back on track, then he will make a change. He's done it before when he disagreed with leadership of his baseball operation.
If the Blues left Tarasenko unprotected, the Kraken could take him, eat much of his contract and the spin hiim off for prospects and draft picks. And the Blues would gain $7.5 million in cap dollars to spend.
Well, can he pitch? That is a the immediate need. It's also the No. 2 and No. 3 need too.
I think they are tired of committing $7.5 million in cap dollars to an unhappy and underprotective player. It's time to turn the page and eliminate the distraction.
Molina is hitting .316 with runners in scoring position, .400 with the bases loaded and .357 with RISP and two outs. So he's not the problem.
They might have a framework of a deal in place. The odds of that are more likely with Tarasenko heading out the door. I'd be surprised if Jaden could find more interest from another team.
I suppose that is possible. Or the Blues could find a team needing a mid-cost defenseman while also looking to address a logjam at forward. Maybe there is a deal to be made ahead of the expansion draft. If the Blues could add a Top 6 forward, then exposing a bunch of bottom 6 forwards wouldn't be such a big deal.
Tarasenko is not going to walk away from $9.5 million, nor are the Blues going to put up with that distraction.
I believe we saw public exasperation from Mike Shildt about the hitting approach. It is usually hard for a hitting coach to overcome that once it becomes public.
I believe we're seeing enough from the current outfielders to ride them. Plus there are a couple of interesting possibilities at the Double-A level. And this team needs pitching and offense from the shortstop position.
I can't speak to the medical issues. I did raise an eyebrow when the latest procedure was said to finally fix the issue at hand. Perhaps at some point all of that will get fleshed out.
I'd expose him. If he is taken, then there is $7.5 million to put work immediately.
The Cardinals had an immediate need for pitching. Also, they were still trying to compete. Those seemed like good fits for Miller. I would have liked to see if Wainwright and Molina could have helped him.
The goal for 2021 is to get ready for 2022. Sure, the Cardinals want to stave off a total collapse. But what they don't want is a years-long struggle exacerabted but short-sighted decisions.