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Molina open to Cards, but 'it's out of my hands'

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08:13 AM ET 02.10 | Though Yadier Molina counts Albert Pujols among his best friends, the St. Louis catcher isn't necessarily going to follow his lead out of town. Molina, 29, insists the public, at times contentious, separation between Pujols and the club hasn't affected his desire to remain with the organization that drafted him 113th overall in 2000. He also said the public bruising that occurred after the club's inability to retain Pujols, its signature player, hasn't soured him. However, it has served a reminder that sentiment has its limits. "I'm open to staying here. I love the city. I love the fans. I love the ballpark. But it's out of my hands," Molina said. "Whatever they like to do is how it is. They let Albert go. It's business for the team, too."

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February 10, 2012  08:38 AM ET

I see the Baseball threads are writhing with activity this morning.

February 10, 2012  08:40 AM ET

No Oswalt thread? How will we make it through our weekend?

February 10, 2012  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

No Oswalt thread? How will we make it through our weekend?

Drink heavily.

February 10, 2012  08:46 AM ET

A lot of that saved Pujols cash is heading his way, probably before the end of this season. StL WILL lock him up.

February 10, 2012  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

A lot of that saved Pujols cash is heading his way, probably before the end of this season. StL WILL lock him up.

I wouldn't overpay this guy.

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February 10, 2012  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

They'll keep the local hero.

That's fine. Overpaying him would be a mistake.

February 10, 2012  09:03 AM ET

"they let Albert go"?

Guess that means offering him far more money for far more years than common sense and history says he will be productive

February 10, 2012  09:03 AM ET

With McGwire planted in St Louis, feeding Molina his heady cocktail of PED's, old Yadier's not going anywhere.

February 10, 2012  09:04 AM ET

Eight days, betches.

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February 10, 2012  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

"they let Albert go"? Guess that means offering him far more money for far more years than common sense and history says he will be productive

I could make a reasonable argument that Pujols' contract is actually below market value.

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February 10, 2012  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Drink heavily.

That's how I make it through every weekend. Oswalt thread or no.

February 10, 2012  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

H2O

I see you as a Bartles & James wine cooler kind of guy.

February 10, 2012  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

That's how I make it through every weekend. Oswalt thread or no.

Oswald threads help tip the balance, however.

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February 10, 2012  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I just read that John Lester is already there!

I like that kid. He is, unquestionably, the ace of the Red Sox.

 
February 10, 2012  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I could make a reasonable argument that Pujols' contract is actually below market value.

History of power hitters as they age would make the opposite argument though.

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