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Molina, Cardinals agree on 5-year, $75M extension

Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:23 am
Edited on: February 29, 2012 10:47 am
 


By Matt Snyder


The Cardinals and All-Star catcher Yadier Molina have agreed on a five-year contract extension that is worth around $75 million, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman is reporting. The deal will be finalized soon.

[Heyman: Cards see Yadier's value]

The contract won't take effect until the 2013 season, since Molina had a one-year option picked up for the 2012 season. That means the 29-year-old veteran is under contract through the 2017 season. So he very well may end up playing his entire career for the Cardinals.

Molina hit .305/.349/.465 with 14 homers, 65 RBI and 55 runs last season for the Cardinals in the best offensive season of his career, as 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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Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:43 pm
 

Molina, Cardinals agree on 5-year, $75M extension

bron, true,but they have money since pujols split and you can't let him leave for some other team.



Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:10 pm
 

Molina, Cardinals agree on 5-year, $75M extension

jeff u are a moron...


anyways the cubs got epstein, so its even. 



Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:48 am
 

Molina, Cardinals agree on 5-year, $75M extension

Jeff, as a Cubs fan you SHOULD be worried about this signing, but not as much as worrying about your own team.  Lots of luck this year, you will need it!  5 years for a 29 year old catcher?  Might be a little bit of a reach, but this guy put up numbers that Soto should have been the past 2 years and he is the best defensive/game calling catcher in baseball.

You sound like a Red Sox fan....just hate hate hate....and have no idea what you are saying. 



Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:19 am
 

Molina, Cardinals agree on 5-year, $75M extension

Pujols was too old for a long term deal but a 5 yr extension for what will be a 30 yr old defensive catcher for that money isn't reaching?  As a Cub fan I LOVE the signing!



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:49 am
 

Molina, Cardinals agree on 5-year, $75M extension

The problem with your argument is, they didn't sign Yady for his offense, it will never matter even if his batting average drops to sub .200, they signed him for his defense and his ability to call great games. 

Not sure if you've ever played the game, but Catcher is a completely different type of position, batting average is just icing, the Cards knew this and they know how important he is to this team. I'd take Yady over ANY catcher in the league. You can easily find a catcher that can hit, but the other intangibles Yady brings to the table are priceless.  
I disagree, my friend. The problem is that you cannot seperate Yadier the defensive whiz from Yadier the mediocre hitter, and you cannot seperate either from a massively inflated contract. No amount of defensive mastery can justify the contract he got. Hell, you could say a guy like Craig Counsell was invaluable to a team because he's versatile, scrappy and a good clubhouse guy. He brings "intangibles" to the game and can help in lots of ways that don't show up on the scorecard but despite these things, he's obviously not a superstar and should not be paid accordingly. I have already acknowledged that Yadier is a very good catcher, one of the game's best, but that still does not justify a superstar contract in my mind.

I also take issue with your statement that "you can easily find a catcher that can hit". There are about 4 or 5 major league catchers who can rest on their offensive laurels (Mauer when healthy, Posey when healthy, McCann, possibly Wieters, Santana, maybe one or two more) and within a few years, many of those guys will likely switch to another position to prolong their offensive usefulness. Because catcher is such a specialty position, defensive guys are a dime a dozen compared to hitting catchers so I'm not sure where you're getting that idea from.
















Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 6:22 am
 

Molina, Cardinals agree on 5-year, $75M extension

Now that he got his money he will become less productive.



Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 6:20 am
 

Molina, Cardinals agree on 5-year, $75M extension

Yes it is too much $$$$$$$$.



Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 12:58 am
 

Molina, Cardinals agree on 5-year, $75M extension

I love Yadier.  Love watching him throw.  Love watching him handle his pitcher.  Good attitude.  Exciting player.  

15m$ for 5 is INSANE.  Makes no sense.   



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:06 pm
 

Molina, Cardinals agree on 5-year, $75M extension

I hate this signing, 15 mil for a below average hitter who can't run and has virtually no power?  Im ok with him staying a Card for another 5 years but for gods sake he's making basically the same money Pujols made for the last 7 years...does anone think he's even remotely as valuable as he was?  He's now going to be the 2nd highest paid player behind Holliday on the team...defense is important but it doesnt warrant this type of money.



Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:45 pm
 

Molina, Cardinals agree on 5-year, $75M extension

That's a big if .


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