Good Morning Cardinal Nation. Here’s what I have for you this morning:
MUSIAL VISITATION TODAY: Bernie Miklasz wrote about how fans will get the opportunity to say their final farewell to Stan today at the Cathedral Basilica. Details about when and where fans can go can be found here. I unfortunately will not be able to make it today, but I know that Cardinal Nation will have a very large presence and will give Musial the respect and celebration that he deserves.
BURWELL WITH WAINWRIGHT: In this video, Bryan Burwell speaks with Adam Wainwright and the comeback he had last year following Tommy John surgery. I’m very much looking forward to what Wainwright has this year. It’s hard to come back after a year away from the game (well, perhaps Stan Musial wouldn’t agree), and given that Wainwright was relatively successful (14-13, 3.94) last year, I expect his second season removed from surgery to be even better. Regarding his contract, Wainwright said “you need a shepherd for those young kids,” referring to Trevor Rosenthal, Shelby Miller, and Joe Kelly, among others. John Mozeliak seemed fairly confident at Winter Warm-Up that a deal would get done, whether it was before the season or eight months from now, as neither side is interested in negotiating during the season.
MOLINA ON MOLINA: Yadier Molina recently spoke with the media regarding his brother, Bengie, being recently hired as a hitting coach for the Cards. “He knows about defense, he knows about hitting, I don’t know how much he knows about running,” Molina quipped, “but I can teach him.”
UPTON TRADE: The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves, who now have both Upton brothers playing in the same outfield. B.J. Upton signed a five-year deal worth $75 million in November. From Bob Nightengale’s article:
The D-Backs also sent third baseman Chris Johnson to the Braves for pitcher Randall Delgado, infielder/outfielder Martin Prado, minor league shortstop Nick Ahmed, pitcher Zeke Spruill and third baseman Brandon Drury, according to multiple sources.
For the sake of someone that follows baseball news and rumors for a living, I’m very happy that this trade went through. One, I’m sick and tired of reading about it. Two, I think Justin Upton is a very talented ballplayer and will thrive in his new setting, particularly with his brother on hand. I think the way the Diamondbacks front office has treated Upton over the past few seasons has been awful. I understand it’s a business, but to have trade rumors surrounding a guy for several years is just mean. I think this was a pretty fair deal for both sides, and I’m looking forward to not reading about any Diamondback outfielder trade rumors for a while.