He's right. It's our job in the media to point out just how correct he is and why. As I wrote Monday, this is a flawed team that has too many holes. All those holes could not have been fixed at the trade deadline.
Piscotty is a Bay Area guy who is having a difficult year. Consider what he is going through and try to empathize. I assume that he'll bounce back next year.
I'm not surprised at all. They think Molina misunderstood Matheny. Keep in mind that owners and all bosses hate it when employees call out the boss publicly. They know that Molina already has plenty of leverage with his three-year, $60 million extension through 2020. They just wanted to support the manager.
Molina and Matheny will be fine. Issues like this crop up in the clubhouse all year. This one just exploded on social media. No harm, no foul. There were no personal shots, and I know Matheny has thick skin based on how he has reacted when he has disagreed with what I've written. Matheny has been around long enough to know these things crop up from time to time.
Piscotty is a quality bat despite his disappointing 2017 season. He has dealt with tough off-the-field issues, but some would argue that he's still going to be a special player. With all that said, the Cardinals will need to give up some young, controllable major leaguers if they want to acquire a major piece this season.
Yelich and Ozuna of the Marlins are two names to keep an eye on.
I would assume the Cardinals will be proactive, but it has nothing to do with the Rule 5 draft.
The Cardinals cannot afford to wait another year, especially if they miss the playoffs for the second consecutive year. They need to make serious upgrades this winter.
It's not media driven nonsense because we didn't post his comments on social media. He made a post, and it needed to be addressed. With all that said, it's not a big issue. It's more of a big deal for fans and media than it is inside the clubhouse.
Molina's Instagram post merely highlighted the dysfunction in the clubhouse. Yes, there are issues, but I promise you Mozeliak knew there were issues and even noted that some of the culture in the clubhouse might need to be changed.
I assume the Cardinals might make a minor trade in the next month.
Actually, the last Cardinals team that went to the World Series was mostly made up of homegrown players. Teams in markets like St. Louis must build champions through the farm system.
I still think that Matheny is safe through this season.
Many people share the blame for this season, so it would be wrong to merely blame Matheny. He got an extension last November, and he won't be in trouble unless there is a full revolt in the clubhouse.
The Cardinals have plenty of talent in the farm system. They are positioned to be stronger next year and 2019. I wouldn't concede next season and 2019 to the Cubs and Brewers. Moreover, remember that the Cardinals can afford a payroll much greater than the Brewers.
I need to check with Jeremy on that defensemen.
Every team buys playoff appearances. That's how it works. Don't be fooled into thinking that the Cardinals are any different.
I don't expect the Cardinals to go after Stanton. They don't want that contract.
Matheny will be fine in that clubhouse. It's important for fans to realize that that isn't a united clubhouse, so it's not as though Molina or any player can rally them all against the manager. Remember, that there are guys in that clubhouse who are close to Matheny. Check out all the guys who spoke at Christian Day. That's Matheny's base.