Yadier Molina, one of the best defensive catchers in the game, and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a $15.5 million, four-year contact Monday.
The 25-year-old All-Star picked off 50% of potential basestealers last season, and hit a career-best .275 with six homers and 40 RBIs over 111 games. He missed a good chunk of time due to a broken left wrist.
"I love being here. I love being a Cardinal," he said.Molina had asked for more than a $2 million raise in salary arbitration while the Cards had offered $1.85 million. Righty Todd Wellemeyer is the final player on the roster remaining in arbitration. He asked for a raise from $635,000 to $1.3 million, but was offered $875,000.