St Louis Die Hards  > Group Message Board  > Molina's contract.
February 26, 2012, 11:43 AM
Just wanted to throw this out there as I'm not really sure where one would start. What would a contract look like for Yadi to keep him a Cardinal for the rest of his career? Or do you even think he'll want to be a Cardinal after the way the front office "disrespected" El Hombre?
February 26, 2012  01:42 PM ET

I would assume it's going to have to be 5 years or so, and make him among the top paid catchers. It's a tough comparison, I think, to other catchers. There are certainly some that are better hitters than him, but he has no peer defensively.

Yadi should probably try to get a contract done now and take advantage of the big offensive year he just had. If he drops off at the plate this year, he won't get as lucrative a deal.

February 27, 2012  08:40 PM ET

While there are better regular season hitting catchers, I think Yadi's post season prowess has to be taken into consideration. I think a 5 yr contract worth between $55 and $65M would be market value when you add that to his defensive excellence.

February 28, 2012  11:17 AM ET

Well, they are talking about 5 years/$70-75M, which would make him the 2nd highest paid catcher behind Mauer.

A deal is close

February 28, 2012  12:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Well, they are talking about 5 years/$70-75M, which would make him the 2nd highest paid catcher behind Mauer.A deal is close

Glad to hear both sides are talking finally.

February 28, 2012  02:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Glad to hear both sides are talking finally.

Agreed. Get this thing done so it's not an issue during the season. Yadi has a unique value with this pitching staff, they can't afford to let him walk.

February 29, 2012  11:31 AM ET

Well, it's supposed to be a done deal - 5 years @ $75M

February 29, 2012  11:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Well, it's supposed to be a done deal - 5 years @ $75M

Good to hear. These are the kinds of deals that would have been difficult to get done if we were paying our first baseman $25M a year.

February 29, 2012  01:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Good to hear. These are the kinds of deals that would have been difficult to get done if we were paying our first baseman $25M a year.

You betcha and I'd rather have Yadi and Waino.

March 1, 2012  10:59 AM ET

Press conference at noon today to announce it. Glad to get this done and over with.

March 1, 2012  08:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Press conference at noon today to announce it. Glad to get this done and over with.

Agreed. We definitely didn't nedd another circus. I think that about covers everything from a business anglle so now let's get everyone to Opening Day healthy!

March 27, 2012  10:51 PM ET

Yadi's had a great spring so far, and reportedly is in great shape and is becoming more of a team leader, especially with AP gone. That is very nice to hear that he showing his dedication after getting his big contact.

 
March 29, 2012  04:40 PM ET

If only the Front Office gave the same consideration for El Hombre. It will be sad not to have him at 1st, but with a great Vet like Lance Berkman, I think we can do the unthinkable this year: Repeat. Will it be hard? Yes. That aside, I am glad that Yadi is staying in StL.

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