So how long is Yadi Molina going to be with the Cardinals?
Molina, 34, is currently signed through the end of this season. To hear folks talk out of St. Louis, the Cardinals have their successor in Molina, Carson Kelly, just about ready to go. He will likely spend the year in Memphis.
Last week Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reported the Cardinals have begun chatting with Molina’s camp about an extension or a new contract. Perhaps the team believes Kelly needs more seasoning?
Well, in Joe’s eyes, the key here is not so much Molina, but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. Sometimes stubborn as a Missouri mule, Matheny has demonstrated in the past he doesn’t give a damn about running Molina into the ground, which is reckless and grossly irresponsible.
Last year at age 33, Molina caught the most games (147) in a season in his career — at 33 years-old! In the past under Matheny, it was clear as day Molina was on fumes in the final weeks of the season.
Nah, Matheny can’t see the forest for the trees. The way Joe looks at it, if Matheny is to be entrenched as the Cardinals skipper, then the Cardinals should just let Molina walk or try to trade him while he still has some value.
If Matheny is hellbent on shortening Molina’s career, no sense in keeping him any longer. That is, unless the Cardinals don’t plan on Matheny being in the dugout for long.
Frankly, this subject makes Joe ill.