Cardinals, Molina announce contract extension on Opening Day

St. Louis Cardinals Aledmys Diaz gets an emotional hug from Yadier Molina after hitting a grand slam home run in the fourth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on September 27, 2016. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis Cardinals announced a three-year contract extension with catcher Yadier Molina at a news conference on Opening Day.

Cardinals President Bill DeWitt II said the extension will keep Molina in St. Louis through the 2020 season. In all likelihood, the contract means Molina will retire as a Cardinal.

When asked if he considered leaving St. Louis if a deal wasn’t reached, Molina said it was difficult to imagine.

“This is my house,” he said.

Molina homered Thursday night in a game against St. Louis’ top minor league affiliate while reports surfaced that he was nearing a new contract. Fox Sports reported during the game that Molina and the Cardinals were finalizing a deal worth between $55 million and $65 million.

The Cardinals beat the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds in that game, 9-3.

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