Even at 38, Yadier Molina reportedly seeking multi-year deal

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By RADIO.COM

Nine-time All-Star catcher Yadier Molina is 38 years old, but reportedly hoping to secure a multi-year contract this winter.

In the latest edition of "Big Time Baseball," RADIO.COM MLB Insider Jon Heyman said that Molina, an impending free agent, hopes to land a two-year pact this offseason:

"A little bit of news here...his agent, Melvin Roman, told me that he [Molina] would like to get a two-year deal and play it out until he's 40. He's 38 now."

In 42 games in 2020, Molina slashed .262/.303/.359 with four home runs and 16 RBIs for the St. Louis Cardinals, the team he's spent his entire 17-season career as a member of.

While he's not nearly the offensive player that he once was, Molina did still post 1 defensive run saved in 2020. One of the greatest defensive catchers in MLB history, Molina can still provide value behind the dish, even if that's also diminished from what he did at the height of his powers.

Whether he's going to receive two guaranteed years this offseason may be another story. Perhaps the Cardinals will be willing to make that commitment to a franchise icon. However, it wouldn't be unreasonable for the team to have reservations about committing multiple years to a catcher who will celebrate his 39th birthday during the 2021 season.

Prior to the start of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, though, Molina more than left open the option of playing for another team if that's where his journey takes him.

"I previously said that if it wasn't with St. Louis, that I would go home. If we were unable to come to an extension agreement, that I would retire. But the situation with this pandemic has changed everything. Right now, I'm thinking of playing two more years," Molina said to ESPN's Marly Rivera.

"Obviously, St. Louis is my first option. But if they don't sign me, then I'm willing to go into free agency. This situation has changed my mentality, and all I want to do is play."

If not the Cardinals, the Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, Washington Nationals and New York Yankees could all be searching for a starting catcher this offseason. Still, it's pretty difficult to imagine Molina in another uniform.

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