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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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Yadier Molina homered twice Sunday to lead the Cardinals to a 5-0 victory over the rival Cubs.
Molina slugged a two-run shot off Jake Arrieta in the bottom of the second before adding a solo bomb off Brian Duensing in the bottom of the eighth. The veteran catcher is batting .270/.323/.400 with three home runs and 14 RBI in 31 games this season for the National League Central-leading Cardinals. May 14 - 5:08 PM

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Yadier Molina went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored Thursday against the Brewers.

Molina's RBI base hit in the third inning was the last run the Cards would score in the game they'd eventually lose. It was the fourth time in eight games that Molina has registered multiple hits, giving him 10 RBI and eight runs scored overall. The 34-year-old is batting a usable .272/.330/.358 in 23 games this year.
May 5 - 12:02 AM

Yadier Molina not in the Cardinals' lineup for the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays.

Molina went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles in the early game. Aledmys Diaz is also getting the night off. CF Dexter Fowler, SS Greg Garcia, 3B Matt Carpenter, RF Stephen Piscotty, CF Randal Grichuk, 1B Matt Adams, 2B Kolten Wong, C Eric Fryer and P Adam Wainwright round out the Cardinals' starting nine.
Apr 27 - 6:45 PM

Yadier Molina had three hits, including a double, in Saturday's win over the Brewers.

The multi-hit game for Molina was the first since April 10, snapping a 4-for-28 stretch leading into Saturday's game. Unfortunately for him, he didn't have a run or an RBI to show for his efforts. With Saturday's game, the recently-extended 34-year-old is hitting .255/.306/.345 through 16 games for the Cards.
Apr 23 - 12:52 AM

Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' lineup Monday.

Molina is a little banged up after taking multiple foul tips recently, but he should be back in there Tuesday. Eric Fryer will catch Lance Lynn on Monday. The Cards also have Greg Garcia at third base over Jhonny Peralta.
Apr 17 - 4:25 PM

Yadier Molina swatted his first home run of the 2017 campaign in Sunday's loss to the Yankees.

His solo shot off of Yankees' starter Michael Pineda trimmed the Cardinals' deficit to 4-2 in the seventh inning, but that would be as close as they would get. Molina finished the night 1-for-3, raising his season slash to .229/.310/.343 to go with six RBI.
Apr 16 - 11:26 PM

Yadier Molina is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Nationals.

Eric Fryer is starting at catcher and batting eighth versus Nationals ace Max Scherzer. It's the first routine day of rest this season for Molina, who's batting .292/.387/.333 through eight games.
Apr 12 - 12:57 PM

Cardinals signed C Yadier Molina to a three-year contract extension.

The extension starts in 2018 and is worth $60 million, according to ESPN's Marly Rivera. It makes Molina the highest-paid catcher in the game on a per-year basis. While it might be quite a bit to pay for a backstop who turns 35 this season, Molina is coming off one of his best offensive seasons (.307/.360/.427) and remains excellent defensively.
Apr 2 - 2:16 PM

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Cardinals and Yadier Molina have agreed to a three-year contract extension.

Specifics aren't available yet, though Rosenthal said the deal is worth between $55-65 million. If it's on the higher end of that spectrum, Molina will surpass Buster Posey as the league's highest-paid catcher. The 34-year-old has earned seven All-Star nods since breaking into the big leagues in 2004. This deal should give Molina a chance to retire with St. Louis.
Mar 30 - 8:50 PM

Yadier Molina told Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com on Wednesday that "the clock is still running" when asked if there has been progress in extension talks with the Cardinals.

Molina doesn't want to talk about an extension after Opening Day, but it sounds like significant progress has been made. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday that if completed, Molina is expected to receive a three-year extension in the range of $45-55 million. He could probably get more money on the open market (he has a $15 million mutual option for 2018), but Molina doesn't want to uproot his family at this stage of his career. Look for something to get done here.
Mar 29 - 3:48 PM

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports expects Yadier Molina's extension with the Cardinals to be for three years and around $45-55 million.

The two sides have been making "progress" on a new deal and it looks like this could come together quickly. Per Rosenthal, Molina is reluctant to uproot his family and prefers to finish out his career in St. Louis. The implication is that Molina would take less than his market value to remain a Cardinal. He's due $14 million this year and $15 million in 2018 if the Cardinals pick up his club option.
Mar 28 - 3:04 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cardinals and Yadier Molina are "making progress" in extension talks and "may be getting closer to a deal."

There's been no word on the potential terms of the contract, although Heyman says Molina has reportedly been looking for a four-year extension, while St. Louis had been offering two years. He's currently set to make $14 million in 2017 before hitting free agency once a mutual option is declined. Molina turns 35 in July and the Cards have top catching prospect Carson Kelly almost ready, so it's possible he won't be an everyday player by the end of the deal. However, he remains one of the best defensive catchers in baseball and is coming off a season when he batted .307/.360/.427.
Mar 27 - 6:28 PM

Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said Saturday that the club is willing to offer Yadier Molina a contract extension to where he "would certainly be one of the highest-paid catchers."

Molina has set an Opening Day deadline for extension talks and if a deal isn't worked out by then he plans to decline his portion of a $15 million mutual option for 2018 and become a free agent. The two sides have had preliminary talks and are expected to get together again in the next few days. Molina will turn 35 in July and the Cards have top catching prospect Carson Kelly almost ready, but both sides would like to work something out, with DeWitt saying the team is "prepared to make a significant offer to keep him here. We’d love to have him stay."
Mar 26 - 11:19 AM

Yadier Molina said Saturday that he will not discuss a contract extension during the upcoming season.

He's open to discussion in the final week of spring training, just doesn't want it to carry over as a distraction in the regular season. His preference is to remain with the Cardinals, but the veteran backstop is also intrigued at the idea of free agency.
Mar 25 - 9:52 AM

Yadier Molina had an RBI single and a solo home run in Puerto Rico's win over the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday.

Molina delivered a broken-bat RBI single off of Cardinals teammate Carlos Martinez in the first inning to get the scoring going. He then took Hector Neris deep with a longball to left field in the sixth. To put a cherry on top, Molina gunned down Nelson Cruz trying to steal to end the eighth inning. It was the first loss the Dominican Republic had suffered in the WBC since 2009.
Mar 15 - 12:30 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Eric Fryer
1B1Matt Carpenter
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Aledmys Diaz
3B1Jedd Gyorko
2Jhonny Peralta
LF1Randal Grichuk
2Jose Martinez
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Tommy Pham
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Michael Wacha
6Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Brett Cecil
3Kevin Siegrist
4Trevor Rosenthal
5Matt Bowman
6Jonathan Broxton
7Tyler Lyons
8Miguel Socolovich
9Sam Tuivailala
10Zach Duke