Yadier Molina Signs Extension With Cards

The Cardinals signed catcher Yadier Molina to a four-year deal today.  The 25 year-old defensive whiz hit .275/.340/.368 in ’07.

The specifics: the package is worth $15.5MM.  The salaries are $1.75MM in ’08, $3.25MM in ’09, $4.25MM in ’10, and $5.25MM in ’11.  The 2012 option is for $7MM.  It’s hard (at least for me) to place a dollar value on catcher defense.  But we know Molina is very good, and there are signs he could even become a plus with the bat.  This seems a decent signing by John Mozeliak.


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