Yadier Molina is officially a free agent for the first time ever


ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The Dodgers' World Series win Tuesday night brought on the official end of Major League Baseball's 2020 season. Now, all players whose contracts ended this season are free agents, which includes for the first time ever – catcher Yadier Molina.

The St. Louis Cardinals catcher of the last 17 seasons is a free agent after his latest 3-year $60 million deal ran out. For the first time since he was drafted in 2000, Molina is not a member of the Cardinals organization.

He's expressed a desire to play at least another two years, meaning he'll be playing until he's 40-years-old. He's said he wants to remain a Cardinal, but is open to other teams.

Pitcher Adam Wainwright, catcher Matt Wieters and infielder Brad Miller are also officially free agents. Free Agents can sign with teams starting Sunday at 4:01 p.m. CT.

Molina came back from a battle with COVID-19 in 2020 and hit .262 with 4 home runs, 16 RBI and a .662 OPS in 42 games.

His possible departure could leave a path open for catcher Andrew Knizner, 25, to take over as the regular starter.

Or, Molina could return and continue rising up the Cardinals all-time lists.

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