Ozzie Guillen and Kenny Williams are on the outs

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Ken Williams Ozzie Guillen.jpgThat’s what Fred Mitchell and David Kaplan of the Chicago Tribune are reporting:

“Kenny and Ozzie do not have anywhere near the relationship they once
had and it appears that they only deal with each other when absolutely
necessary,” said a longtime scout who has been around the big leagues
for a long time. “If the team continues to struggle throughout the rest
of the season it could become a bigger problem that will have to be
dealt with.”

I’m reminded that Guillen and the Sox are part of that MLB Network reality show this year.  How much of the strain in the relationship is a function of the team losing and how much of it is a function of people on reality shows going all drama queen at the drop of a hat in order to play up for the cameras?  Even seemingly normal people are cajoled into acting ridiculous for these things. Of course, it’s Ozzie we’re talking about, so why I’m making references to normal people is beyond me.

Anyway, I think Ozzie’s job is safe because, as Mitchell and Kaplan note, team owner Jerry Reinsdorf loves him.  Kenny Williams on the other hand?  That’s a really good question.

The Cards dealt Stephen Piscotty to the A’s, in part, so he could be near his ailing mother

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Last night we wrote about the rumored deal between the Cardinals and the Athletics for Stephen Piscotty. The deal is now official, with Piscotty going to Oakland for minor leaguers Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock.

Something else emerged about the deal today: a big reason why St. Louis traded Piscotty to Oakland as opposed to another team was so that he could be near his mother, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease last May. Piscotty and his family are from Pleasanton, California, about 35 miles from Oakland.

Here’s Cardinals GM John Mozeliak:

This was certainly a baseball trade — Piscotty became expendable for the Cardinals after they acquired Marcell Ozuna yesterday — but it was one which could’ve been made with any team with a couple of red or white chip prospects. That Mozeliak considered Piscotty’s personal situation in making the deal with the A’s is a credit to him and his staff.

The 26-year-old Piscotty hit .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season. He has hit .268 with 38 homers and 163 RBIs in 2+ major league seasons. He agreed to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension last spring.

As for the prospects in return: Munoz, 22, hit .300 with 13 homers and 68 RBIs this year for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. Schrock, 23, batted .321 with seven homers and 46 RBIs for Midland, and was a Texas League All-Star.