St. Louis, Mo – St. Louis Cardinals fans will be able to take a deep breath, relax, and actually do a little bit of celebrating this off season. Multiple reports, including Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com, are saying that Yadier Molina will be signing a 5 year, $75 million deal with the Red Birds.
Molina, who will be making $15 million per year under his new contract, has made just under $16 million over his eight year tenure in St. Louis and is set to be paid $7 million this upcoming season.
Yadi is a four time consecutive Gold Golve winner, three time all-star, and two time World Series champion. He has thrice finished first in caught stealing percentage, twice led the league in games as a catcher including three straight years of 130 plus games. The 29 year old catcher has also finished in the top ten in at bat’s per strikeout for the past four years and top four in fielding percentage among catchers in three different seasons.
To top things off, Molina just finished his best season at the plate. In 518 plate appearances he had 145 hits and drew 33 walks. The Puerto Rico native scored 55 runs, knocked in 65 RBI’s, had 32 doubles, 1 triple, and homered 14 times while posting up a .305 batting average, .349 OBP, and a .465 slugging percentage.
The $75 million will place the right handed defensive specialist third all-time among catcher’s salaries; Joe Mauer’s $184 million and Mike Piazza’s $91 million are the only two deals that top Molina’s overall figure.
Yadier Molina is a well-documented leader in the clubhouse and is widely considered to be the best defensive catcher in the game.