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Uhh ... Yadier Molina hit .305 with 14 home runs last year. He has finished well above .250 each of the last five years. His annual averages since 2007: .275, .304, .293, .262, .305. He's coming off a career year offensively, and he's easily the best all-around catcher in baseball, considering he's won four consecutive Gold Gloves and has been a huge part of the Cardinals' pitching success — along with Dave Duncan, of course — over the past several years.
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^^^^^ this man knows his stuff...
Sorry Ryan, I was just in a pot stirring mood earlier.. Yadi is a good catcher just wanted to see if someone would bite
to you for knowing your stuff too, dang
hope we hold onto Joseph somehow
^^^This. I thought silly season was over. Need the stability.
BUTCH IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. GO VOLS!
Unbelievable ending in this UVA/Florida St game
Anymore silly season is year round.
Anybody follow Jay Bilas on twitter? His gotta go to work tweets in the morning are hilarious
I used to cover Yadier Molina. I like the guy. Great catcher.
But is he REALLY worth $15 million per year?
Posada and V-Mart never made that much.
What will McCann be worth down the road? WHOA!!!
The Cardinals signed catcher Yadier Molina to a five-year contract extension on Thursday. The $75 million deal, which includes a mutual option, could keep the backstop in St. Louis through 2018.
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Beware, I mentioned this earlier and Ryan told me off.. Molina is good but not THAT good
Molina is the best catcher in baseball! /
As I just told Wes, who's to say he's not worth $15 million a year? If Joe Mauer is worth $23 million a year — and he's probably not, but that's what he's getting paid — then why isn't Molina, the best catcher in baseball, worth $15 million a year? As I said earlier, he's won four consecutive Gold Gloves and hit .305 with 14 home runs last year. Good luck finding another catcher in baseball capable of doing that. Mauer is the only one, and he's nowhere near as good defensively as Molina.
But the main reason this is a good deal is because I think the Cardinals were willing to pay $1 million to $2 million more per year to keep it a shorter deal. In this case, seven years for, say, $91 million is a worse deal than five years for $75 million. I'm sure Molina's knees will be an issue in a few years, so signing him for no more than five years was a big victory for the Cardinals, in my opinion.
This post was edited by Ryan Callahan 2 years ago
Came across this - the future is bright
That was great, lol.+1
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
The kid doesn't look to weigh 45lbs
Jon Jay hit .297 with 10 homers. How much is he worth? $13 million?
In real-world dollars, I'd wager that no pro athlete is worth what they're paid. But in NFL/MLB/NBA/etc dollars, they're worth whatever the market (teams) will pay.
Haha that was hilarious +1
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If Jay was a catcher who had won four consecutive Gold Gloves and proven himself as the best defensive catcher in baseball, yes, he probably would be. But he's a center fielder who's never been a full-time starter for a whole season.
It's all about how you compare to other players at your position. At catcher, a .305 average and 14 home runs is well above average. And when you combine that with Molina's defense and his ability to manage pitchers and call a great game behind the plate — perhaps his most underrated asset and one of his greatest strengths — he's easily worth at least $13 million a year (in baseball dollars, of course).
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Well, I am currently sitting in the receptionist area at the emergency vet with my three year old GSP... My 7 month old GSP is in the back with the DR.... Awful way to start a Friday...
working from home today for most of the day anyway b/c they are letting schools out early ...bad weather ..early start to the weekend
I'll take McCann over Molina every day of the week. But that contract does worry me considering how the Braves' owners won't crack open the checkbook like Ted would. I believe Brian is under contract through 2013.
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