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The St. Louis Cardinals and catcher Yadier Molina have reportedly agreed on a five-year contract extension worth $75 million. I’m just going to step back and take a deep breath because that’s a huge freaking deal.
Molina is playing for $7 million this year, and then his extension will kick in worth an average of $15 million per season. That’s insane for a catcher, but Molina has performed admirably offensively and defensively, and with Albert Pujols now gone, he is the cornerstone of St. Louis’ franchise. In fact, Pujols’ departure is probably a big reason why the Cardinals could afford this deal.
Molina is 29 and has won four-straight Gold Gloves, has been to three-straight All-Star Games and has backstopped the Cardinals to two World Series titles. In 2011 he set career highs in batting average (.305), home runs (14), doubles (32), RBI (65), hits (145), runs (55), slugging percentage (.465) and OPS (.814).
It’s a little dangerous giving a guy coming off a career year a big deal ...
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Well, I can name at least two teams that are ticked off by catcher Yadier Molina's five-year, $75 million extension with the St. Louis Cardinals:
- The Arizona Diamondbacks, who broke off talks on an extension with catcher Miguel Montero and might lose him to free agency.
- The Atlanta Braves, who control catcher Brian McCann for two more seasons, but might need to pay him...
I saw today that the St. Louis Cardinals had announced a joint press conference with their stud catcher Yadier Molina. I wasn’t all too concerned; the probably had reached a contract extension and were ready to show it off and gloat about how great Molina has been. It’s true. Molina is one of the more consistently underrated catchers in the game who because of his brothers...
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...
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have scheduled a Thursday afternoon news conference to announce a new contract for four-time Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina.
The 29-year-old Molina is a lifetime Cardinal entering the final year of his contract. He's considered one of the best defensively at any position, winning a platinum glove last season in voting by fans, and...
Catcher Yadier Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to terms on a new five-year contract, reports CBS Sports Jon Heyman.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals have scheduled a Thursday afternoon news conference to announce they've signed four-time Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina to a five-year contract.
The St. Louis Cardinals have scheduled a Thursday afternoon news conference to announce a new contract for four-time Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina. The 29-year-old Molina is a lifetime Cardinal entering the final year of his contract. He's considered one of the best defensively at any position, winning a platinum glove last season in voting by fans, and also is coming off...
The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract with four-time Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina.
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JUPITER, FLA. (AP) - The Cardinals have agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract with four-time Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina that will keep him in St. Louis through the 2017 season.The team announced the details Thursday, including a mutual, $15 million option for a sixth year.General manager John Mozeliak ...
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