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Cardinals “re-engage” in contract talks with Yadier Molina

Feb 23, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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Earlier this week Yadier Molina said that long-term contract negotiations with the Cardinals had stopped, but now Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the two sides have “re-engaged” in talks.

Molina has made it clear that he won’t discuss a deal once spring training is over and he’ll be a free agent after this season, so if the Cardinals want to keep the 29-year-old catcher from hitting the open market they have about a month to do so.

According to Goold, agent Melvin Roman and general manager John Mozeliak have met twice this week and “recent talks have gone in a positive direction” after initial negotiations during the season involved a large gap in demands.

  1. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Feb 23, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Any truth to the rumor that some friction has resulted from a “no more horrible tattoos” clause in the Cardinals’ initial contract offers?

  2. okwhitefalcon - Feb 23, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Nice to see the Cards being proactive, it’ll be interesting to see if they make an offer that’ll entice Yadi not to test the waters at seasons end.

    Anything to avoid a “The situation remains fluid” quote would be very refreshing.

    • paperlions - Feb 23, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      Extending Yadi would certainly go a long way toward quelling the unrest presently found in some Cardinal fans.

      • okwhitefalcon - Feb 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

        It’d definitely provide an air of stability and instill a feeling of trust with all the turnover the organization has endured since last fall.

        I think it would be a boost for the club itself as well, they seem like a group hellbent on proving themselves less the characters that have departed – a key retention early on in the process would really be positive.

  3. foreverchipper10 - Feb 23, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    For some reason I can’t wrap my head around him being only 29. I feel like he has been in the league forever. Maybe it is just because there are so many Molinas.

    • stex52 - Feb 23, 2012 at 10:45 PM

      And playing for the man he bumped out of his job. I would love to see them sew this up. But I reallly never thought Albert would walk.

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