Found January 19, 2012 on The Cardinal Nation blog:
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With some St. Louis Cardinals fans still steaming over the circumstances surrounding the painful departure of Albert Pujols, the focus of their concern has moved to next year’s major impending free agent, catcher Yadier Molina. Articles are popping up, in which the merits of trading away the catcher before he “does a Pujols” to the Gateway City are being weighed. In terms of value, Molina seems to be a player at the top of his game, coming off his best offensive year and moving into his age 29-30 season. The time to act would seem to be now. Yet would any acquiring club be willing to acquire Molina without securing a commitment to an extension? Waiting until mid-season to trade Molina no longer seems an attractive option. The new collective bargaining agreement specifies that a club acquiring an impending free agent during his final season will not receive draft pick compensation if the player signs elsewhere. More importantly, knowing what he could potentially make in the open ma...
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