Jon Heyman is reporting……
The St. Louis Cardinals and revered catcher Yadier Molina are making major progress toward a possible contract extension, sources tell FanRag Sports. While the current terms being discussed are unknown, Molina was originally seeking a four-year extension, while the team countered with a two-year offer. A deal now appears to be getting close between the two sides.
This is the final guaranteed year of Molina’s current contract; he will be paid $14 million this season. The two sides also hold a mutual option for $15 million for the 2018 season, with a $2 million buyout.
Molina, 34, has been with the Cardinals his entire professional career since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2000 draft. He made his MLB debut in 2004 and has been a staple of the team’s lineup ever since. He really hit his stride beginning with the 2008 season, when he won his first Gold Glove; he won the award each of the next seven seasons before ceding the award to San Francisco’s Buster Posey in 2016. In 2009, he made his first All-Star Game, another streak which came to an end in 2016.
The terms under consideration aren’t clear at this point, but Heyman notes that the sides were working to bridge initial differences in the length of the new deal. Molina’s representatives opened with a four-year request, with the organization coming in at two seasons. That leaves three as the natural (and, in this case, seemingly reasonable) compromise point, though of course options could also be used to tweak the consideration in either direction.
All I can say is this really looks good for Molina and the Cardinals plus the fans.