Considering that Molina wants to play regularly, I wouldn't be surprised if the Cardinals decide it makes more sense to flip Kelly for a quality upgrade at another position. Kelly needs to play consistently to remain sharp, but Molina also wants to play consistently. If you think the Cardinals are going to pay Molina $20 million next season, in 2019 and 2020 to sit on the bench, you're kidding yourself. They might be wise to trade Kelly and get a good return if they're only going to play him one or twice a week.
I watch some MLS games, but I probably have watched more international soccer since I left Houston.
I don't expect the Cardinals to re-sign Lance Lynn. They might make a qualifying offer for him, but I expect him to take a long-term offer elsewhere. Lynn owes it to himself and his family to secure the best possible deal, and I don't think that deal will be from St. Louis.
Bill DeWitt Jr. told me on Saturday that he was disappointed with the way Molina handled it. He doesn't want his players taking issues outside the clubhouse, so it would be foolish to reward that behavior by firing Matheny. You can't let the players run the team.
Oquendo is not walking through that clubhouse door again. I don't think DeWitt views him as a manager of the type of guy he wants as the face of his organization. Matheny is safe beyond this year, but he could be in trouble if the team struggles again next year. But if the team struggles again next year, the entire front office will be in trouble too.
With Wainwright on the disabled list and the Cardinals within 4 1/2 games of the division lead, the Cardinals could hardly afford to trade Lynn and keep their hopes of contending this season. I hate to say this, but the Cardinals weren't going to get much of a return for Lynn.
The Cardinals kept Lynn because they weren't just going to give him up for nothing. Fans should not assume that another team was dying to give the Cardinals a top prospect for Lynn. Contenders want aces at the deadline, not No. 3 starters coming off Tommy John surgery. You're right, however, in your belief that the Cardinals will let Lynn walk via free agency.
I wouldn't have believed you.
There was no market for Oh, by the way.
I would assume that there will be a few changes to Matheny's staff in the winter if they finish below .500. Too much players have regressed.
First of all, Yadi is not dictating anything through the media. He did it through his social media account. Truth be told, Yadi stated his disdain for the local media quite clear in April. Say what you want about Molina, but he doesn't do any dirty work through the media. He's a straight shooter. I have more respect for a guy handling it the way Molina did than for those who throw shade via anonymity.
That is in your mind. Yadi has been consistent. Do you remember how he went off during the World Baseball Classic or on ESPN when he was asked about the Cecil controversy and teed off on the St. Louis media. None of us are safe from Yadi's candor. You just have to have a thick skin with him and appreciate that he's no hypocrite. Unlike many who back stab folks or pretend to be folks while undermining co-workers behind their backs, Yadi is quite transparent.
I wouldn't be surprised if they make moves in August, but I would expect those moves would more likely be as sellers more than buyers.
The Cardinals still believe that Piscotty is one of their best players. He's healthy and ready to physically to play. The Cardinals need to showcase what he can do so they can try to trade him this offseason or at least know that he'll be ready to contribute next season.
As with Sierra when Grichuk was called up, Bader knew he would be the first one sent down when Piscotty was activated. The Cardinals are going with the guys with the track record and sending down the guys with minor-league options.
Actually, Bill DeWitt, Jr., did have an issue with it. He was disappointed that Yadi found it necessary to take up his issue with Matheny's comments via Instagram. I just don't think it's a big issue in the clubhouse.
I haven't verified those reports, but I respect the journalist who reported it and have no reason to doubt him. I would definitely have given up Jack Flaherty or Luke Weaver along with Stephen Piscotty for Gray, who would have fortified the starting rotation.
Bill DeWitt Jr. was merely answering a question I posed to him in Cooperstown, N.Y. He gave a candid answer to a question. He wasn't calling Yadi out.
The Yankees made a strong offer, which the A's deemed to be better because they liked the Yankees' prospects in the deal more. Credit to Mozeliak for going after a big fish that would have helped the team this year and beyond. Instead of ridiculing him, perhaps we can view as a sign that he realizes they need another front-line starter. For the Cardinals to seriously contend with the Cubs, they'll need another front-line starter, a legit back-end of the bullpen reliever and a middle-of-the-order bat. The fact that the Cardinals went after Gray tells you that they see a need that must be filled in the rotation too.
I'd start my shopping list with Ozuna of the Marlins via trade. Then I would go after Yu Darvish via free agency.
I assume that all of the coaches will be reviewed in the offseason. Considering that Mabry is tight with Matheny, perhaps he would stay on staff and be reassigned if Mozeliak and Girsch want a new hitting coach.