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Molina, Cardinals agree on 5-year, $75M extension

Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:23 am
Edited on: February 29, 2012 10:47 am
 


By Matt Snyder


The Cardinals and All-Star catcher Yadier Molina have agreed on a five-year contract extension that is worth around $75 million, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman is reporting. The deal will be finalized soon.

[Heyman: Cards see Yadier's value]

The contract won't take effect until the 2013 season, since Molina had a one-year option picked up for the 2012 season. That means the 29-year-old veteran is under contract through the 2017 season. So he very well may end up playing his entire career for the Cardinals.

Molina hit .305/.349/.465 with 14 homers, 65 RBI and 55 runs last season for the Cardinals in the best offensive season of his career, as he established career highs in runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, average and slugging percentage. He also won his fourth straight Gold Glove and helped guide an Adam Wainwright-less pitching staff to a World Series championship -- giving Molina his second ring, just as all three of the Molina brothers have. Yadier, the youngest Molina, was integral to the offense in the playoffs, too, hitting .333 in both the NLCS and World Series with a whopping nine RBI in the World Series.

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Comments

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 4:15 pm
 

Molina, Cardinals agree on 5-year, $75M extension

I'll concur that Yadier is a top 5 overall catcher (not fantasy, mind you) because of his genetically inhereted Molina defensive ability. but I just cannot get past the overall number. I realize that Pujols leaving freed up St. Louis' pockets and there is obviously no cap but while $50M for 5 years would have made sense, or even 60, $75M has my head spinning because while Yadier's had a steady albeit unimpressive offensive career for his position, imagine the very real scenaro of his batting line reverting back to something like .250-5-50. He could throw out every baserunner that gets on and call 5 no-hitters a season, but a pedestrian offensive game at $15M annually will make that "best defensive catcher in the game" motto a little shakier to lean on. As a Sox fan, I know about bad contracts so to me this is similar to the Carl Crawford situation-- they're both damn good players but no matter how well they play, they'll never play up to the production expected of such contracts, not because they aren't good, but because they were simply vastly overpaid.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Molina, Cardinals agree on 5-year, $75M extension

great move by the cards..they could ill afford to lose molina also...
im worried about the cards offense this year without pujols...could get UGLY
I also think it's a great move

I don't think the Cardinals fans should worry about the offense, I think that the Cardinals will finish in the top 5 team in avg. and run scored. cardinals has a stronger Pitching staff then last year, so I don't think that Pujols leaving hurt the Cardinals that much. In my opinion I think the Brewers would feel more of a impact that Fielder left, then the cardinals with the lost of Pujols.



Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 3:17 pm
 

Molina, Cardinals agree on 5-year, $75M extension

Very glad to see this as a fan. Yadier is a stud at his position not only does he have a cannon and runners have to respect him, he is a clutch hitter! Money well spent!



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 3:14 pm
 

Molina, Cardinals agree on 5-year, $75M extension

As a Cubs fan I gotta say this was a very good move for St. Louis. The last two World Series Championships for the Cards were both done in years where they had instability with the pitching staff. In fact in 2006, they won it all while having 22 different starting pitchers throughout the season. This all points to Molina's value behind the plate. Not only does he know how to handle adversity in the rotation but he is a solid hitter and one of the best, if not the best, defensive catchers in the league. His value goes way beyond his batting average and 14 homers.



Since: Feb 29, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 3:14 pm
 

Molina, Cardinals agree on 5-year, $75M extension

This chump led the cards in hitting with a .305 avg.  And on top of that his defense is even better.  I for one am glad he's gonna be a redbird for 5 more years.



Since: Feb 29, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 3:10 pm
 

Molina, Cardinals agree on 5-year, $75M extension

Hmm lets see...Bengie 2002 Angels = 1 ring.....2010 Giants = 1 ring....1+1 = 2 rings!!!





Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 3:07 pm
 

Molina, Cardinals agree on 5-year, $75M extension

$75 mill over 5 years is a very steap price for a catcher ... but St. Louis had to sign this guy after losing Pujols.   At least they solidified a tough position for the next 5 years and Yadier is a stud.


This sums it up pretty well. 



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 2:51 pm
 

Molina, Cardinals agree on 5-year, $75M extension

$75 mill over 5 years is a very steap price for a catcher ... but St. Louis had to sign this guy after losing Pujols.   At least they solidified a tough position for the next 5 years and Yadier is a stud. 



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 2:18 pm
 

Molina, Cardinals agree on 5-year, $75M extension

TDAISON:  no life troll....wish he would get banned



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 2:17 pm
 

Molina, Cardinals agree on 5-year, $75M extension

great move by the cards..they could ill afford to lose molina also...

he was the 2nd most val;uable player on that team for years behind pujols...

im worried about the cards offense this year without pujols...could get UGLY


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