Yadier Molina Wants to Stay with Cardinals, But Says Yankees, Mets, and Padres are Interested

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in 2019.
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in 2019. Photo by Albert Pena/CSM/Shutterstock (10240723v)

The veteran Yadier Molina decided to explore free agency for the first time in his accomplished career this offseason, and it appears he won’t be lacking offers. The 38-year-old catcher recently told Mas Que Pelota’s Laura Bonnelly that New York Yankees, NY Mets, and San Diego Padres all showed interest in his services.

Still, Molina reiterated that his primary goal is to stay with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he spent all of his 17 years in the MLB.

Molina originally intended to finish his baseball career after this season, but the coronavirus pandemic made him change his mind. He now reportedly wants to play for two more years and is looking for this commitment from his future team.

There is still a good chance that Molina remains a one-franchise player, as the Cardinals are thinking of bringing him back. They still haven’t made him an offer but are reportedly prepared to do it considering everything he has done for the organization.

During his time in the majors, Yadier Molina helped the Cardinals to two World Series wins and created a resume that secures him a Hall of Fame nod in the future. He has nine All-Star selections and nine Gold Glove Awards to his name, among other accomplishments.

Molina’s career stats include .281 batting average, 160 home runs, and 932 RBIs.