The latest news was the sending out of the depositions. I'll do my best to keep you all in the loop when there's news there. I don't think an expansion team is going to be the outcome of this, but I didn't think a lot of things that we've watched in 2020 were going to happen, so who knows. :)
There's some revisionist history going on here. Pham, sure. And Voit, OK. Again, there was no DH in the NL then, and no one saw a pandemic bringing it before the new CBA is negotiated. Piscotty was traded because his mother was terminally ill, and he was struggling big-time, and this move got him closer to her. Are we just going to erase that from the record? I'm not. Piscotty in Oakland has an adjusted OPS of 109. Here, he was a 107. Same hitter. Same for Grichuk. He's having a good season, but he's just now at a 109 adjusted OPS in Toronoto. That's what he was here. People were not happy with Grichuk and Piscotty when they were here. They're the same hitters today, or just about the same, as they were back then. Mercado has been worse at the plate this season than he was last season.
They want to see if DeJong can be their cleanup hitter and are going go to base what they pursue off the answer they have after this season. Wainwright will, I imagine, get a similar deal as he has this season from the Cardinals, if he wants that.
I think the Cardinals will get both Wainwright and Molina back for next season, as long as both are realistic about what that contract looks like. Wainwright seems to have no problem taking one-year, incentive-laden deals. If Molina will do the same, great. If not, there could be a hard conversation. It's difficult to imagine Molina making more somewhere else than the Cardinals would be willing to give him, so I think something will be worked out in the end. Molina might find that free agency is not as rewarding of an experience as he thinks, given his age.
To me he has just looked inconsistent and streaky, but not with enough good streaks to justify the bad. I know some are higher on his upside than I have been, but when he gets going well, something seems to happen health-wise, and then he's slow to ramp up again. He's going to have to be more consistent with his power to become a regular in a decent outfield.