This is not a major trade, but you don’t have to look too far down the old blog board today to note that not a ton of baseball stuff is happening. Anyway: The San Diego Padres acquired pitcher Tyson Ross and first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones from the Athletics. Heading to Oakland: lefty Andrew Werner and infielder Andy Parrino.
Ross was injured and ineffective in 2012, posting a 6.50 ERA over 73 and a third innings. He’ll probably be a swingman in San Diego, but whatever he does, there is no better place for a pitcher to try to reestablish himself than Petco Park. At least that was the case before they moved the right field fence in, so we’ll see how that goes next year.
Kirby-Jones is a 24 year-old prospect who hasn’t played above A-ball. Wener is a swingman. Parrino is a utility guy at best. But it’s something.
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.