According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the St. Louis Cardinals have had preliminary talks with star catcher Yadier Molina about a contract extension. The talks have been said to be only “very preliminary” thus far, but the two sides will stay engaged during Spring Training. The start of the season is said to be being used as an unofficial deadline.
Five years ago, they were able to work out a deal of five years worth $75 million, making Molina the second highest catcher in the league. Molina was recently ranked as the sixth best catcher in the big leagues by MLB Network. He has been the Cardinals catcher since he came into the league 12 years ago in 2004. His strength has been his defensive skills, as he has brought home eight Gold Glove awards.
Last season his offensive numbers were up as he posted his best offensive season since 2013. He hit .307/.360/.427 with 38 doubles, eight home runs, 58 runs batted in and finished 23rd in NL MVP voting.
Cardinals' GM John Mozeliak told Heyman, “obviously Yadier’s been in the organization a long time and we’ve had a relationship going back years with Melvin (Molina’s agent). And if there’s hope to do something mutually beneficial before the season, we will try to do that.”