Yadier Molina Preparing To Leave Cardinals?
Is Yadier Molina preparing to leave the Cardinals? That is the question some are asking this week.
“I previously said that, if it wasn’t with St. Louis, that I would go home. If we were unable to come to an extension agreement, that I would retire,” Molina said during a recent interview.
“But the [current] situation has changed everything. Right now, I’m thinking of playing two more years. Obviously, St. Louis is my first option. But if they don’t sign me, then I’m willing to go into free agency. This situation has changed my mentality, and all I want to do is play beyond 2020.
“The reality is that this business is difficult for a 38-year-old catcher,” added the nine-time All-Star. “My window is smaller. But I feel ready to keep on playing. I’m in good physical shape. My knees are good, my mind is great.
“Physically, I’m fine. That’s why I’ve made the decision to play two more years. I had in mind that if St. Louis didn’t sign me, I would retire after this season, at 38. With this situation, obviously, we probably won’t have a chance to play a full season,” he continued.
“We may not be able to play a lot of games. I think it will feel like unfinished business. Any player that says they’re not going through a difficult time and not worried about what the 2020 season will look like is lying.”
It will be interesting to see what the future holds.