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Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cards reportedly talking ’22 contract

Aug 14, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA;  St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) reacts before a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 14, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) reacts before a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Yadier Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals are engaged in negotiations for a one-year contract to bring the 39-year-old catcher back for the 2022 season, per multiple reports.

Molina signed a one-year, $9 million in February and said he would work “one year at a time” moving forward.

MLB Network reported Molina would return for roughly the same salary next season, when he’ll be 40 years old.

A nine-time Gold Glove award winner, Molina has spent his entire 18-year career with the Cardinals. He was a fourth-round pick in 2000 and debuted in 2004.

He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch earlier this month that he was open to hammering out a contract before the end of the season.

“The idea is to get something done early and see what can happen,” he said. “That would be great. That would be good. That would be awesome.”

Molina has a .256 batting average with eight home runs and 49 RBIs this season.

Molina is fifth on the all-time innings caught list with Jason Kendall in his sights for fourth.

–Field Level Media