Found February 27, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
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The St Louis Cardinals and catcher Yadier Molina are reportedly coming close to reaching an agreement on a contract extension that is expected to run for five years. The money has been rumored at between $60 and $75 million for the life of the contract, which would be betwen $12 and $15 million a season. Joe Mauer has the highest average value of a contract for a catcher of all-time, making $23 million a season from 2011 to 2018. The second highest is Jorge Posada at $13.1 million, which he made on his contract from the 2009 to 2011 season. Molina could be the second highest paid catcher of all-time. Think about that for a minute: Chris Iannetta and Brian McCann will be free agents after 2013 (assuming their options are picked up), Mike Napoli and Miguel Montero will be free agents after this season, and there are a host of young catchers still under arbitration control....and they're all going to get insane contracts because a guy like Molina is going to be making eight figure...
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