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Several teams are interested in Yadier Molina and the Cardinals have signed a minor-league catcher - A Hunt and Peck

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Longtime Cardinals backstop Yadier Molina is a free agent. Per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch there are several teams interested in the veteran catcher, but Yadi is still hoping to making a deal with the Cardinals. Per Goold:

Molina remains status quo. Fielding interest from a handful of teams. Three teams and the Cardinals have expressed the most interest, from what I’ve been told. Molina continues to instruct his agent to see what deal is possible to return to the Cardinals.

It is believed that two of the three not-Cardinals teams in contact with Molina are the teams from New York — the Mets and the Yankees. According to MLBTradeRumors the Cardinals appear to be the likely landing spot.

At this point, there’s no reason to call any club other than St. Louis a favorite, as the Cards clearly have the most motivation to keep Molina through the end of his career.

Yadier Molina will be entering his age-38 season and has indicated he wants a two-year deal that would go into his age-39 season. According to some quick research, if Yadi is able to play enough innings to qualify, he would have the second oldest qualified season as a catcher, behind Carlton Fisk (who amassed 5.0 fWAR in 137 games at age 42). (Let me know if I messed that up, but I think that is correct.)

In other catcher news, the Cardinals have signed Tyler Heineman to a minor-league deal. Heineman apparently grew up cheering for the Cardinals, which is pretty cool.

This signing likely has little impact on the Cardinals pursuit of re-signing Yadier Molina, but it is nice to add some organizational depth.

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