For the last 18 years, the St. Louis Cardinals have known that Yadier Molina will be behind the plate, playing catcher. The 39-year-old has become a staple of the organization and has been one of the most consistent at his position for well over a decade.
As a result, the Cardinals have decided to reward him by bringing him back to St. Louis for a 19th season.
According to Katie Woo of The Athletic, the ballclub has agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract extension with Molina. The deal will keep him in St. Louis through the 2022 season, during which he’ll turn 40 years old.
Even at 39, Molina has had a strong year in 2021, hitting .259 with a .304 on-base percentage and a .376 slugging percentage. He’s also tallied eight home-runs and 51 RBI in 94 games played.
The Cardinals have agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract extension with Yadier Molina, sources tell The Athletic.
— Katie Woo (@katiejwoo) August 24, 2021
Molina’s future had been unclear up until just last week, when a report from Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch shared that the Cardinals and the veteran catcher were making progress on extension talks. The 39-year-old had been seeking a one-year deal worth more than the $9 million he was paid to return to St. Louis in 2021. If that wasn’t the case, the longtime franchise catcher suggested that he was willing to retire.
Molina has achieved just about everything possible with the Cardinals over the last 18 years. He’s made 10 All-Star teams, won nine Gold Gloves and won two World Series titles during his time in St. Louis, making him one of the most accomplished players in franchise history.
Thankfully for fans of baseball, and supporters of the Cardinals more specifically, Molina will be back for at least one more year. Considering St. Louis (63-60) will likely miss out on the National League playoffs this fall, he’ll have one final chance to make the postseason in 2022.
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