The St. Louis Cardinals and star catcher Yadier Molina have agreed to a three year extension. The extension is worth between $55 million and $65 million. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal was the first to report both sides were nearing a deal and the financial terms. FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman was the first to report both sides have agreed to the deal.
This is a great deal for both sides. Molina is a clubhouse leader and is considered to be a future member of the Hall of Fame.
Molina, 34, is one of the most successful catchers in baseball. He has been a Cardinal all of his career. Molina has led them to numerous postseason appearances and two world series rings. Molina reached the majors at the age of 21 and since then, his career has taken off.
He has seven career all star game appearances and has taken home eight consecutive gold gloves (2008-2015). He has also finished in the top five for the NL MVP award two times.
Molina, over his 13 year career, is a .285/.338/.400 hitter, with 1593 hits, 108 HRs, and 703 RBIs. He also has 308 career doubles. His career fielding percentage at the catcher position is a solid .995%. Molina, who has a bullet for an arm, has thrown out 42% of runners trying to steal a base.