Yadier Molina, Cards reach $75M deal
The All-Star has reached a deal with the team on a five-year contract extension that is worth around $75 million, according to reports.
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’s older brothers Bengie and José are also big league catchers. The Bayamón-born players are the only trio of brothers to have each earned World Series rings.
Molina hit .305 with 14 home runs and 65 RBI last season for the Cardinals in the best offensive season of his career. He also won his fourth straight Gold Glove and helped guide the Cardinal pitching staff to a World Series championship ― giving Molina his second ring to match the other Molina brothers.
Yadier, the youngest Molina, hit .333 in both the NLCS and World Series with nine RBI in the World Series.
Molina committed only five errors with a .995 fielding percentage. He threw 15 of 60 runners out on attempted steals.His four Gold Gloves are now a franchise-best at the catching position.