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Yadier Molina takes a swipe at manager Mike Matheny on Instagram

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In today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch there’s a story about the young Cardinals backup catcher, Carson Kelly. It’s not a controversial story by any stretch. The standard “get to know the young guy” kind of thing. A quote in the story, however, is stoking controversy between the Cards’ starting catcher — Yadier Molina — and his manager.

Here’s Mike Matheny, talking about a couple of starts recently given to Kelly:

“Yadi’s caught a lot,” Matheny said. “Yesterday, just kind of watching him go around the bases, too, you could tell that he’s, you know…” Matheny changed course mid-sentence, but he was implying that Molina is tired.

Molina obviously read it, because here is what he wrote on his Instagram account, along with a screen-cap of the Matheny quote:

 

Alrighty then!

Molina has played in 86 games this year and is on pace for 137. He’s hitting .275/.307/.414 with 10 homers and 44 RBI. It’s not his worst season — his 2015 was worse than this — but it’s also not at the level he’s established over the years. Numbers aside, it’s not unreasonable to think that a catcher with 14 years on the odometer could use a break now and then, so it’s not like Matheny is wrong.

It’s just not the sort of thing players want to read about themselves. At the very least, not something Molina wanted to read.

Report: A’s trying to finish deal for Jeurys Familia

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The Athletics appear to be closing in on a deal for Mets’ right-hander Jeurys Familia, according to reports from ESPN’s Buster Olney. Nothing has been finalized just yet, however, as the Mets confirmed that they would not be announcing a trade tonight and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic points out that other teams may still be in the mix for Familia’s services. It’s not clear what the A’s would be giving up in any potential deal for the reliever.

Familia, 28, has been pitching well this season. He currently sports a 2.88 ERA, 3.1 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 40 2/3 innings — across-the-board improvements from his last run with the Mets in 2017 — and has racked up 17 saves to boot. He’s due another $3 million for the remainder of 2018, and Rosenthal adds that the club is willing to throw some cash in the deal in order to guarantee a better return for the closer.

While the A’s have one of the better bullpens in the American League, sitting seventh-best with a 3.50 ERA and 2.8 fWAR, they still have a ways to go in order to overtake the Mariners and Astros for a postseason berth by season’s end. Familia’s contract expires at the end of the year, but he should provide enough short-term value to give the A’s the boost they need.