Feb 24, 2012, 4:16 PM EST
Yesterday the Cardinals were said to have “re-engaged” in contract talks with Yadier Molina after negotiations were previously tabled and now Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the two sides could be nearing a deal.
According to Strauss “movement on Molina is significant enough that source familiar with the situation believes agreement could be reached within a week.”
Last night our own Matthew Pouliot crunched some numbers on recent catcher contracts and speculated that $44 million over four years could be a reasonable fit. That may not seem like a mega-contract, but it would actually be one of the five largest deals ever for a catcher.
Molina is heading into the final season of a five-year, $21.75 million deal and coming off a career-year at age 28.
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