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Molina signs five-year extension with Cardinals

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
Yadier Molina, shown here, at left, with Jaime Garcia after a May 2011 win against the Milwaukee Brewers, has signed a 5-year, $75 million contract that keeps him in a Cardinals uniform until 2017

All-Star catcher Yadier Molina will be wearing the birds and the bat until 2017.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced on Thursday that Molina, a four-time Gold Glove winner, had signed a five-year, $75 million contract, with a mutual option for a sixth season.

The 29-year-old Molina has spent his entire career with the Cardinals. General manager John Mozeliak says the team considers him to be the best catcher in baseball.

Molina won the fan-determined Platinum Glove award last year, which pitted the best defensive players in each position against each other. 2011 was also his best season offensively - he hit .305 with 14 home runs and 65 RBI, and added 12 RBI during the team's World Series title run.


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