Last week Mike Matheny said he thought it would be a bad idea for the Cardinals to draft his son, high school center fielder Tate Matheny, because “it would be too tough” and he didn’t want to ruin the good relationship they have.
Matheny specifically cited the example of longtime Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan and his son Chris Duncan, who was St. Louis’ first-round pick in 1999. Chris Duncan played parts of five seasons for the Cardinals and didn’t seem to have any big problems working with his dad, but Matheny explained: “I know that it was awkward. He was a good player. He handled it well, but it made it tougher.”
Today the Cardinals drafted Tate Matheny anyway, using their 23rd-round pick on the manager’s son. It might end up being a moot point, as Matheny is committed to Missouri State and most reports have him playing college ball unless offered a big bonus to sign.
Either way, it’s interesting that Mike Matheny’s public stance changed or the Cardinals’ front office simply chose to ignore his wishes.
Update: Matheny ended up going along with the idea, tweets FOXSportsMidwest.com’s B.J. Rains:
The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.
Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.
As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.