Hey, if you don’t ask for something, no one is going to give you anything. But sometimes it’s possible to ask too much.
That seems to be the case with the Cubs who, with an admirable amount of bravery, asked the Yankees to take Carlos Zambrano off their hands recently. They were reportedly offering to kick in lots of money too, but the Yankees weren’t biting. Frankly, I’d think that the Cubs could chip in almost all of his salary and the Yankees would say no.
Zambrano, by the way, is owed $23 million through the end of next year and is currently suffering through his worst season since he broke in for a cup of coffee back in 2001. So you see the central problem here.
On Monday, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras showed he was very confident heading into the 2018 season, saying, “I know that I’m going to be better than [Yadier Molina and Buster Posey].” Contreras explained that his goal is to become “the best catcher in the game for a long time — like it was with Yadier Molina, like it is with Buster Posey.”
Apparently, Contreras ruffled Molina’s feathers as the Cardinals’ veteran backstop took to Instagram to respond. Posting a picture of himself with Buster Posey and Salvador Perez, Molina wrote, “Respeten los rangos NOVATOS!! aqui con los q si han probao que son los duros!!” That loosely translates to “respect the ranks,” referring to Contreras as a novice.
Molina is no stranger to using Instagram to air his grievances. He apparently used the social media app to take a swipe or two at manager Mike Matheny last year.
Of course, Molina seems to be misreading the intent of Contreras. Contreras seems to think highly of Molina, having referred to him as being one of the best catchers in the game — even if it was in the past tense. Molina should know, being someone who also competes at the highest level, that having confidence is an important part of the recipe for success. Perhaps this will make for some interesting games during the season, breathing new life into the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry.