Dmitri Young hasn’t played in a major league game since the 2008 season, but he recently dropped 70 pounds and is now working the lobby at the Winter Meetings with the hope of getting another shot.
And he might have actually found a suitor.
According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds will “consider taking a flier” on Young.
Reds GM Walt Jocketty hasn’t connected yet with Young or his agent, but a meeting could take place before the baseball world departs Dallas, Texas.
In his last big league season (2008), Young posted a respectable .280/.394/.400 batting line in 180 plate appearances for the Nationals. The year before (’07), he hit .320/.378/.491 in 508 plate appearances. Maybe there’s something left, and perhaps he could serve as a reserve outfielder with his newly-trimmed physique.
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.