The Cardinals are “making progress” in extension talks with star catcher Yadier Molina, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). It’s not yet clear if the sides are likely to find common ground, but it’s notable that there’s positive momentum.
Molina said over the weekend that he would not be willing to discuss a new deal during the season, seemingly setting an Opening Day deadline to wrap talks up one way or another. If not, then the 34-year-old would almost certainly hit the open market after the season. Though his contract does include a $15MM mutual option, with a $2MM buyout, there’s little likelihood of both sides wanting to exercise that clause.