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Yadier Molina close to long-term extension

Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:02 pm

By Matt Snyder

It appears Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will not hit free agency the way his friend Albert Pujols did this past winter. The All-Star catcher is close to a long-term extension with the Cardinals,'s Jon Heyman reports.

Molina had a one-year, $7 million option exercised for this coming season and he was due to become a free agent after '12. If he signs a long-term contract, the 29-year-old backstop will end up being a Cardinal for the overwhelming majority of his career.

Molina hit .305/.349/.465 with 14 homers, 65 RBI and 55 runs last season for the Cardinals in easily the best offensive season of his career. He established career highs in runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, average and slugging percentage. He also won his fourth straight Gold Glove and helped guide an Adam Wainwright-less pitching staff to a World Series championship -- giving Molina his second ring, just as all three of the Molina brothers have. Yadier, the youngest Molina, was integral to the offense in the playoffs, too, hitting .333 in both the NLCS and World Series with a whopping nine RBI in the World Series.

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Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:24 am

Yadier Molina close to long-term extension

the worst contracts:

1) barry zito
2) john lackey
3) tie between pujols/mauer/werth/soriano/dice K/igawa/crawford/v wells


Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:02 am

Rebel41 are you kidding?

What lesson did the Card's learn by letting Pujols walk rather than overpay tens of millions for a 32 yr. old (maybe?) first basemen whose best years are behind him and whose decline has already begun.  As a long-time Cardinal fan, I am greatly relieved that we let him walk rather than overpay him like the Angels did. Goodbye and good luck, Big Fella--you'll miss us more than we'll miss you the minute you don't produce in sufficient numbers to justify a $254 million contract.  I think we're overpaying for Yadier, but at least not in a way that will hamstring us for a decade--which would have been the case if we'd met Albert's ridiculous demands.  He wanted the additional money over more rings. (And who could live on $210 million?!)  Fine, but that tells us a lot about him.  I've long since moved on--you need to as well.

Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:10 am

Yadier Molina close to long-term extension

Coming off of his best all around season and only being 29 years old, Molina deserves this contract for more reasons than one.  Not only does he make our pitching staff what it is but he means even more to the fans now that his pal Albert bolted for Los Angeles.  Extending Yadi, even at $15 million per year, is a good move for the franchise as well as the fan base.  The Cardinals will continue to contend and the fans will continue to pay to see them do so.

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 8:04 am

Yadier Molina close to long-term extension

I will admit that Molina is one of the best if not the best defensive catchers in the game.  How he calls a game for the pitchers I will also admit is good but I am not willing to say it is as good as some have said, just because that is a very hard thing to verify in any meaningful way.  As for his offensive numbers, last year was a career year for him offensively and while excellent for a catcher in terms of overall production the difference between him and any other decent full time catcher is not so large that such a large amount of money needs to be given to him. 

Also being a catcher he is the most likely to break down out of all the fielders.  Offensive catchers tend to have to be moved to first base or DH
eventually and his numbers are simply "decent" in those positions (DH not even being an option with the Cardinals).    

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:16 am

Yadier Molina close to long-term extension

I understand how much Cards fans respect this guy, and he's very good.  $15 million per season for 5 years is insane for a .280 hitting catcher with 12 hrs and 60 rbi.  He'll be lucky to average that.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 11:51 pm

Yadier Molina close to long-term extension

The Cardinals learned their ersson from losing the Best Player in Baseball. Molina is hitting well now and his knowledge of calling a game is Great....Giving him a well deserved 4 or 5 Year contract is smart. Cannot wait for Season to start. CF will be weak but we cannot have a great ballplayer at every position

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:56 pm

Yadier Molina close to long-term extension

This is the kind of stability the Cardinals need. He is a rock and a sign that the Franchise will comit to quality. He is our home grown. Lets make sure Yadi is a career Cardinal!

Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:32 pm

Yadier Molina close to long-term extension

See albert, it's not just about the money or paying to your ego, it's part of being a solid franchise whose record shows it to be one of the better clubs in Major League Baseball. Good on ya Cards, and I do hope Yadier stays a Cardinal for the rest of his playing days.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:09 pm

Yadier Molina close to long-term extension

Yadi is an intregal part of the Cardinals.  His excellent handling of the pitching staff, Gold Glove defense and tremendously improved offense proves that he is deserving of a long-term extension.  Let's get it finalized soon!

Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:33 pm

Yadier Molina close to long-term extension

This guy is a true working class like catcher. He deserves it. He plays hard day in and day out.

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