For Yadier Molina, leaving the Cardinals has never been an option as he considers St. Louis his home.
Other teams, like the Toronto Blue Jays, have reportedly surveyed the Puerto Rican veteran’s interest in recent weeks, if MLB Network is to be trusted. But Molina instead decided Monday to sign a new one-season deal with the club he has represented for 17 seasons, winning the World Series in 2006 and 2011.
“I’m very happy with this signing,” Molina said by videoconference on Tuesday. We knew the free agent market was going to be tough due to the pandemic. We were prepared for a lot of things. The work my agent Melvin Roman and his team have done … I’m happy and grateful. [St. Louis,] it’s at my house. We wanted to be here and that’s what we did. ”
A new life
Molina also commented on the team’s latest decisions, including the acquisition of third baseman Nolan Arenado last week.
“Arenado brings new life to S. Louis. I’m motivated. We’ll see what happens this year, he said. The team made some good moves. I am happy with what they did. Good shots. This is another thing that motivated me to make the decision. The goal is to win the championship. ”
Molina maintained a career .281 batting average, slamming 160 home runs. He is the holder of nine Golden Gloves and a Silver Staff, he who has been invited to nine All-Star games.