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Cardinals Sign All-Star Catcher Molina to Five-Year Contract

March 2 (Bloomberg) -- All-Star catcher Yadier Molina signed a five-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, the team said on its website.

The team declined to disclose terms. The accord is worth $75 million with a mutual option for 2018 worth $15 million, ranking the 29-year-old second among catchers behind Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins, who signed an eight-year deal worth $184 million, ESPN reported.

Drafted by the Cardinals in 2000, four-time Gold Glove winner Molina is also a three-time National League All-Star. He had career highs with a .305 batting average, 14 home runs and 65 runs batted in last season.

“Yadier possesses game-changing ability both in the field and at the plate,” said Cardinals’ General Manager John Mozeliak. “Yadier has proven to be a special talent when it comes to the all-important challenges of the catcher position.”

Molina, drafted by the Cardinals in 2000, leads Major League Baseball catchers in stolen-base percentage (39 percent) and pick-offs (38) since 2005. In 944 career games, he has a.274 batting average, 55 home runs and 390 RBIs.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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