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Yadier Molina | Catcher | #4

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/13/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 4 (0) / STL
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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cardinals and Yadier Molina's agent, Melvin Roman, have begin preliminary contract extension talks.
General manager John Mozeliak told Heyman that the discussions are "very preliminary" at this point. The two sides are viewing Opening Day as an unofficial deadline for the talks. "Obviously Yadier’s been in the organization a long time and we’ve had a relationship going back years with Melvin. And if there’s hope to do something mutually beneficial before the season, we will try to do that," Mozeliak said. Molina is set to make $14 million in 2017 and the two sides have a $15 million mutual option for 2018. He'll turn 35 at midseason, so any extension would be a relatively short one that should allow him to retire as a Cardinal. Feb 17 - 11:57 AM

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Yadier Molina has left Cardinals camp in order to go to his native Puerto Rico to be honored.

It's unclear what the honor is exactly, but it's an absence Molina had previously cleared with the Cards. He'll be back in a few days.
Feb 17 - 11:26 AM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Sunday that the club has considered a contract extension for Yadier Molina.

Molina is set to make $14 million in 2017 and the two sides have a $15 million mutual option for 2018. The catcher will turn 35 at midseason this year, but the Cardinals and Molina would both surely like to work something out to where the seven-time All-Star can retire as a Cardinal. Molina's Gold Glove streak was snapped at eight last season, but he had his best offensive season (.307/.360/.427) in a few years while leading all catchers with 142 starts behind the plate.
Jan 15 - 12:37 PM

Yadier Molina has committed to play for his native Puerto Rico at the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

He'll join an exciting group which is expected to include the likes of Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, and Javier Baez. Molina, 34, is coming off a bounceback season in which he batted .307/.360/.427 with eight homers and 58 RBI over 147 games. 2017 is the final guaranteed year of his contract, which includes a $15 million mutual option for 2018. Molina's agent, Melvin Roman, said things are "quiet for now" regarding any extension talks, but that veteran backstop wants to finish his career in St. Louis.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 10:15:00 AM

Yadier Molina hit a walk-off double -- depending on who you ask -- to give the Cardinals a 4-3 win over the Reds on Thursday.

With a runner on first and two outs in the ninth, Molina pulled a Blake Wood pitch down the left field line that one-hopped the wall. There's little question it should have been ruled a ground-rule double, but Matt Carpenter never stopped running and slid into home with no objection from the umpires. The Reds tried to protest too late and to little avail, and it will be interesting to see if something is or can be done to change to ruling after the fact. As it stands, Molina pulled the Cardinals to two games back of the Mets for the first spot in the Wild Card race. The 34-year-old finished 2-for-5, also hitting his eighth home run of the season, with two RBI in Thursday's contest.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 12:15:00 AM

Yadier Molina went 3-for-4 and drove home four runs on Saturday as the Cardinals smashed the Cubs 10-4.

Molina got the scoring started with a two-run double in the first inning, then added on to the rout with a two-run single in the seventh. He has had a nice bounceback season offensively, slashing .300/.354/.413 with seven homers and 53 RBI.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 04:51:00 PM

Yadier Molina is getting the day off Wednesday.

Carson Kelly will catch fellow rookie Luke Weaver in the afternoon series finale at Coors Field. Molina went 2-for-5 in Tuesday night's blowout win over the Rockies and is slashing .348/.384/.502 since the All-Star break.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 12:09:00 PM

Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

It's a rare day off for Yadi. Carson Kelly is making his first big league start behind the plate.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 11:34:00 AM

Yadier Molina had a monster night at the plate Tuesday, ripping a grand slam as part of a four-hit effort in a win over the Pirates.

Yadi gave the Cardinals an early 4-0 lead in the first inning on a drive that got over the Clemente Wall in right field. He also had a couple doubles and a single. The Cards completed a ninth inning comeback with home runs from Matt Carpenter, Randal Grichuk and Jhonny Peralta. Molina is on pace for a career-high in innings caught this season, but he certainly doesn't seem to be wearing down with a .364 average and five of his seven dingers so far in the second half.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 11:56:00 PM

Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday.

The veteran backstop is getting a routine day off against Dan Straily and the Reds. Alberto Rosario will start behind the plate and bat eighth for the Cardinals on Saturday.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 01:05:00 PM

Yadier Molina slugged one of two solo homers for the Cardinals on Friday in a loss to the Brewers.

Randal Grichuk also went deep. Molina has now homered in back-to-back games. That brings his total to six home runs for the year. While the power hasn’t been there, the 34-year-old has been swinging the bat well during the second half. He’s batting .347 over his last 39 games.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 11:03:00 PM

Yadier Molina had two of the Cardinals' three hits and homered for the team's lone run Wednesday against the Brewers.

Molina should be wearing down under the heavy workload he's undertaken. Instead, he's hitting .349 with three homers since the All-Star break after hitting just .259 with two homers during the first half. He's one of just 12 different catchers to post a 30-double season after turning 33. Technically, this is his age-33 season, though he turned 34 in July.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 11:02:00 PM

Yadier Molina is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

It's a rare day off for the catcher. Alberto Rosario is filling in behind the plate.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 12:32:00 PM

Yadier Molina finished 3-for-5 with an RBI double in a loss to the Mets on Tuesday.

The multi-hit game was Molina's fifth in his last 10 contests. He hasn't displayed the power he once did, swatting just four homers to date, but the 34-year-old owns a respectable .284/.345/.387 line with 39 RBI and 40 runs scored on the year.
Wed, Aug 24, 2016 12:55:00 AM

Yadier Molina (hand) is back in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

Molina was lifted from Saturday's game with a bruised right hand, but he's fine. He's catching and batting seventh against Michael Foltynewicz and the Braves.
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 11:55:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Eric Fryer
3Carson Kelly
4Alberto Rosario
5Gabriel Lino
1B1Matt Carpenter
2Matt Adams
3Chad Huffman
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
3Breyvic Valera
4Eliezer Alvarez
SS1Aledmys Diaz
2Edmundo Sosa
3Wilfredo Tovar
3B1Jedd Gyorko
2Jhonny Peralta
LF1Randal Grichuk
2Jose Martinez
3Todd Cunningham
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Tommy Pham
3Magneuris Sierra
4Jordan Schafer
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Alex Reyes
6Luke Weaver
7Mike Mayers
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Brett Cecil
4Trevor Rosenthal
5Matt Bowman
6Jonathan Broxton
7Tyler Lyons
8Michael Wacha
9Sam Tuivailala
10John Gant
11Miguel Socolovich
12Rowan Wick
13Zach Duke
14Zach Phillips