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    Default Extension for Molina

    Sounds like 3 years and 55 or so

    Good...pay the man!
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    18 mil per... a little pricey, but I'm ok with this.
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    Cardinals To Extend Yadier Molina

    By Steve Adams | March 30, 2017 at 7:45pm CDT
    7:45pm: Rosenthal tweets that the deal will come with a guarantee between $55MM and $65MM.
    7:41pm: FanRag’s Jon Heyman reports that the two sides have reached an agreement on a deal (Twitter link).
    7:12pm: The Cardinals and catcher Yadier Molina are in the process of finalizing a three-year extension that will guarantee the seven-time All-Star more than $55MM, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter).

    St. Louis and Molina have reportedly been in serious talks over the duration of Spring Training, with the last update over the weekend suggesting that the two sides had “made progress” on a deal. Molina is represented by MDR Sports Management.
    The new contract, if it is indeed finalized, will presumably keep the franchise icon in St. Louis through the 2020 season rather than allowing him to hit free agency at season’s end. Though he’s set to turn 35 years of age in July, Molina remained a productive backstop in 2016, hitting .307/.360/.427 with eight homers and 38 doubles in 581 plate appearances.
    Molina also retained well above-average marks in terms of pitch-framing — a trend that has followed him throughout a career that has seen him earn eight Gold Glove nods, four Platinum Glove Awards and a Silver Slugger. He’s garnered MVP votes on five occasions, including a pair of Top 4 finishes in 2012 and 2013.
    Of course, Molina is hardly without his red flags. He’s already 34 years of age and will turn 35 this July, meaning he’ll be 38 years of age for the final three months or so of this contract in 2020. Beyond that, Molina has seen his power numbers dip since his 2011-13 peak.
    While some of that could potentially be attributed to a surgeries to repair torn ulnar collateral ligaments in each of his thumbs, and he did demonstrate an uptick in pop last year, there’s no guarantee that he’ll return to his previous levels of power output. And, if his power production trends in the other direction, as it did in 2015, Molina’s limited on-base skills (6.2 percent walk rate since 2013) create the possibility that he could be a decidedly below-average hitter. In fact, dating back to 1900, only nine qualified catchers have turned in even a league-average batting line between their age-35 and age-37 seasons (hat tip: Fangraphs leaderboards).
    On the defensive side of the coin, though his framing marks remained excellent, Molina threw out a career-worst 21 percent of attempted base thieves during the 2016 campaign. His career 42 percent caught-stealing rate lends plenty of reason to expect a rebound, but the surprising dip in effectiveness is nonetheless worth monitoring.
    As it stands, only three catchers — Buster Posey, Brian McCann and Russell Martin — have average annual values of more than $16MM on their respective contracts among MLB catchers. Over the weekend, Molina suggested that there are “too many” catchers earning more than him. Posey’s $18.56MM annual rate is tops among Major League backstops, though even a $55.75MM guarantee over three years would edge out that rate by a few thousand dollars on an annual basis.
    From a bigger-picture perspective, the move to extend Molina effectively blocks top catching prospect Carson Kelly for another three seasons, which will inevitably lead to some degree of trade speculation surrounding the talented 22-year-old. Kelly rates as a consensus Top 100 prospect, with MLB.com rating him 39th overall in the game. ESPN’s Keith Law ranked him 51st on his Top 100 this offseason, while Baseball America tabbed him at No. 65 overall and Baseball Prospectus ranked him 81st in the game.
    Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.
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    Default Re: Extension for Molina

    Cards are getting a BILLION dollars from the new TV deal

    They're printing their own money so they coulda given him 100 million and I wouldn't have minded haha
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    1:00 conference today to announce the extension. This is good.

    http://m.cardinals.mlb.com/news/arti...act-extension/
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