The State of Molina and the Pitchers

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With eighteen more days coming our way for Yadi Molina and his groups of pitchers we begin to see where the chips may fall with our pitchers and what is going on with oue favorite catcher. According to the Cardinals Beat Writer Jennifer Langosch…..

The Cardinals have promised Rosenthal that he’ll get multiple-inning appearances this spring. But with Carlos Martinez, Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, Mike Leake, Alex Reyes, Michael Wacha and Luke Weaver also competing for rotation spots, Rosenthal is unlikely to dent the Opening Day rotation. The more likely scenario is that he ends up as a flexible piece in the bullpen.

Assuming Rosenthal does settle back in the bullpen, the Cards likely will enter Spring Training with only one relief spot up for grabs. The other six are projected to be filled by Matt Bowman, Jonathan Broxton, Brett Cecil, Seung Hwan Oh, Rosenthal and Kevin Siegrist. Others who could push their way into the bullpen mix include John Gant, Miguel Socolovich and Sam Tuivailala.

So what is the skinny on Yadi, well  Molina is signed through the 2017 season and holds a mutual option for 2018 with his longtime employer, the St. Louis Cardinals.

Molina, 34, wants to retire as a Cardinal, and to that end, he is wide-open to beginning discussions about another long-term contract.

“I want to stay here. Everybody knows that,” said Molina, a seven-time All-Star and eight-time recipient of the Rawlings Gold Glove award. “This year’s going to be one of the most important years of my life, my career. I’m preparing myself to do the best I can to help the team win. I’ll try to concentrate on that. The outside stuff, I can’t control right now.”

I tend to think think that Molina will be signed for a few more years and retire as a Cardinal and it is also great to hear that Molina will have more playing time. Manager Mike Matheny did say that as long as his job description is to win games, he’ll continue riding Molina hard. Molina, 34, is coming off a season in which he started a career-high 142 games behind the plate. It’s unlikely he’ll hit that figure again (only one other catcher in franchise history has), but Molina could very well notch his seventh season with 130-plus starts if he can stay healthy.

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