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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 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

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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

Yadier Molina went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in a losing cause as Puerto Rico fell to the Rockies 10-2.

The Puerto Rican team is loaded with talent -- featuring Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa, Carlos Beltran, Javier Baez and Angel Pagan in addition to Molina. The Cardinals' backstop is off to a slow start this spring but hit well today. He is no longer an elite fantasy catcher but can still help his owners in batting average. He hit .307 with eight home runs and 58 RBI in 2016.
Mar 9 - 9:53 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Eric Fryer
3Alberto Rosario
1B1Matt Carpenter
2Matt Adams
3Chad Huffman
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Aledmys Diaz
2Wilfredo Tovar
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Jedd Gyorko
LF1Randal Grichuk
2Jose Martinez
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Michael Wacha
6John Gant
7Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Brett Cecil
3Kevin Siegrist
4Trevor Rosenthal
5Matt Bowman
6Jonathan Broxton
7Tyler Lyons
8Miguel Socolovich
9Zach Duke
10Jordan Schafer