Originally posted on Cardinals Diaspora  |  Last updated 3/2/12
5 years. 75 million.  That’s the new contract that the Cardinals and Yadier Molina agreed to and announced yesterday.  The quibbling has been kept to a minimum. Some think it’s a bit too much, but rationalize the salary bump as recompense for years of underpayment. Some think it’s a great value and would have paid more to keep him as the backstop for the next half decade. And generally when the tide of public opinion doesn’t break hard into either camp... the contract’s probably fair. A case can be made that Molina is the most important player for the Cardinals in 2012. Gone are Tony LaRussa and Dave Duncan. New pitching coach Derek Lilliquist has only a year of tenure with the major league club. So the most veteran ‘coach’ the Cardinals have with their pitching staff also happens to be a player. Continuity in general has taken a hit in professional sports, but the one place it’s effervescent is between the pitching and catching battery in baseball. It’s important that the staff a...
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