Tag:Yadier Molina
Posted on: February 19, 2012 5:43 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2012 11:42 pm

Cardinals, Molina stop talking deal -- "for now"

JUPITER, Fla. -- When Albert Pujols arrived at spring training last year, negotiations on a new contract were over. And, as it turned out, Pujols was on the way out of town.

Sunday, Yadier Molina opened Cardinals camp by saying his contract negotiations with the team had ended.

For now, the free-agent-to-be catcher then added.

For now.

Unlike his good friend Pujols, Molina has not ruled out reopening negotiations, during the spring or possibly during the season.

"They know I'm open to talk," Molina said Sunday, after confirming that this month's talks ended with no agreement.

It's hard to know for sure how likely the Cardinals and Molina are to get a deal done. The catcher, who turns 30 in July, will make $7 million this year, on the option year of a contract signed in 2008.

Molina says he loves St. Louis and the Cardinals organization, but he wouldn't say that he'd be willing to take less money to do it.

"I'd like to work something out to try to stay," he said. "At the same time, this is a business."

Likewise, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak didn't exactly say that re-signing Molina was on his must-do list.

"Our desire would be to find a way to sign him," Mozeliak said.

That way will have to wait. How long? It's hard to say.

"We've stopped talking," Molina said. "For now, we've stopped talking."

Posted on: July 21, 2011 2:22 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2011 2:31 pm

Cardinals finally steal a base (and it's Molina)

The strangest streak of the year ended in the strangest possible way.

Yadier Molina stole a base Thursday for the Cardinals.

Molina stole a base after no Cardinal had stolen a base in more than a month. Molina, who has 23 steals in 891 career games, broke a steal-less streak that had extended 33 games, since a Tyler Greene steal on June 9 against the Astros.

According to research through baseball-reference.com, the 33-game streak is the longest in baseball since 1977, when the Indians went 35 games without a steal. It's the longest by a Cardinal team since the 1950s.

"I don't want that record," manager Tony La Russa said Wednesday.

They won't get it. In the ninth inning of their 6-2 win over the Mets, Molina took off and reached second base without a throw.

Just like that, the strangest streak was over . . . in the strangest way.

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