Cardinals reportedly finalizing three-year contract extension with Yadier Molina

Molina has spent his entire 13-year career with the Cards and is entering the final season of a five-year, $75 million contract he signed prior to 2013.

But for his new contract, Molina had a goal in mind: he wanted to become the highest paid catcher in the major leagues.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Cardinals and Yadier Molina have agreed to a three-year contract extension.

According to Rosenthal, the deal is expected to total between $55 million and $65 million over the term of the extension.

Yadier Molina issued a Sunday, April 2nd deadline for any contract extension talks with the Cardinals.

The new extension comes with an $18.33 million average annual value if it's for $55 million on the nose, which would be the third highest in history for a catcher. He had a strong enough 2016 season, hitting.307/.360/.427 with eight home runs and 58 RBI over 147 games, that he earned votes for the NL MVP.

The deal might not make him a Cardinal forever, as he has said he would like, but would get him that much closer.

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