Molina’s Small Quote May Mean A Lot for Cardinals

A few words can say a lot. If you read news stories like me you read into everything. Over analyzing can get you in trouble. In fact, most of the time you should keep your conspiracy theories to yourself,  but every once in a while digging deeper can lead to something important most people miss.

That was the case Friday afternoon as I browsed Joe Strauss‘ most recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch article.

For the article Strauss, a St. Louis Cardinal beat writer, interviewed Cardinal catcher Yadier Molina. It’s headline read, “Molina Moves on Without Pujols.”

Cards fans get a little nervous when they hear Albert Pujols, and Molina mentioned in the same sentence. Ever since number five left St. Louis for sunny southern California the rumors have been swirling that his best friend Molina will head straight for L.A. the minute he hits free agency this coming fall.

Molina told the Strauss he wants to be in St. Louis, but that there is only so much he can do. Like Pujols he placed the ball in the Cardinals court saying if they were willing to have him he would be here as long as the contract offered him has favorable terms.

He also told Strauss he would not cut off negotiations at any point during the season like Pujols did, which is a fact that should help Cardinal fans relax at least a little bit, but what most Cardinal fans would consider a mostly positive article did contain one quote that is more than a little concerning when examined closely.

“I’m open to staying here. I love the city. I love the fans. I love the ballpark. But it’s out of my hands,” Molina told the Post-Dispatch. “Whatever they like to do is how it is. They let Albert go. It’s business for the team, too. It’s out of my hands.”

Did you catch the third to last sentence? “They let Albert go.”

Pujols always said he wanted to be a Cardinal for life. Molina claims the same. Yadier’s quote to Strauss seems to indicate that the Cardinals are making the tough decisions.

Pujols is a great player, but most agree he won’t be worth the money the Angels are going to pay him during the back half of his 10 year, $254 million deal. Molina is 29 years old. His knees have eight years of Major League wear, and tear on them.  A long deal would put the Cardinals in a tough spot.

Molina isn’t nimble enough to play most positions catchers are converted to as they grow older. The outfield is out of the question, and a corner infield position might work on a limited basis, but he won’t be able to play 140 games there.

If the Cardinals were concerned about Pujols long-term viability they most likely will have similar concerns about the Puerto Rican born fan-favorite catcher.

Molina, and Pujols talk constantly. If Yadi feels that Pujols wanted to be back, but the Cardinals “let” him go, because they weren’t willing to eat less productive years at the back-end of his contract that is a bad sign for  Molina fans. If Pujols is not above a business approach then there is no reason the Cardinals will not take the same approach with Molina.

Molina will get contract offers from St. Louis, but maybe not for the years, or cash, he desires. If the Cardinals were willing to “let” Albert go it is doubtful they will ignore their business savvy, long-term approach for Molina.

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About brettmcmillan

Believer. Broadcaster. Story Teller.

Posted on February 11, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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