Originally written on Cardinals Diaspora  |  Last updated 2/22/12
Yadier Molina is an elite catcher. A fan favorite. A burgeoning hitter. And about to sit down at the high stakes poker game with the Cardinals. By the end of July, Yadier Molina will be playing for a different team or signed to at least a 5 year deal. Let's back up, first. Molina gave an interview to Hall of Fame writer Rick Hummel over the weekend where he laid out his motives coming into 2012. In order, they're money, money and then way at the bottom of that list, money. Not surprising considering a fair amount of the unsolicited rumors we get at Cards Diaspora involve some stupidly lavish thing Molina is buying or investing in. But coming in the wake of Albert Pujols' debacle of a free agent contract, St. Louis' collective reaction to Molina's me-first attitude was more or less a collective 'meh, good for him'.The Cardinals, for their part, have been in negotiations with Molina. But much like the Pujols situation of a year ago, they find themselves with very little negotiating le...
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