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The St. Louis Cardinals have signed Yadier Molina to a contract extension.
The 39-year-old has excelled this season, along with veteran starting pitcher Adam Wainwright, who the Cardinals also intend on keeping beyond 2021.
Talks between the two sides have been ongoing all season as Molina failed to comment on whether this would be his last year. Ironically enough, he and Wainwright have been connected all season long.
As the iconic battery break more records, they’ll be attached at the hip this offseason with Wainwright negotiating his deal as well.
Molina has hit .259 this season with eight home runs and 51 RBIs. His ability to contribute to the Cardinals lineup as a run-producer is under-valued around baseball, but not in St. Louis.
Cardinals: Yadier Molina has survived 19 seasons at the catcher position
Molina wanted to top his 2021 salary, which was $9 million. He will do that in 2022.
The 39-year-old remains a solid backstop, as catchers have compiled just a .228/.307/.391 slash line on the season. Molina is above and beyond that despite nearly two decades behind home plate.
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