Veteran catcher Yadier Molina is hopeful to get his free agency figured out, but hinted that he may end up retiring as well.
Where will Yadier Molina end up playing next season? That’s one of the biggest offseason questions, as the St. Louis Cardinals legend is a free agent and is looking for a place to call home. While Molina has made it clear he’d love to return to St. Louis, several other clubs are eyeing him too.
However, it’s not a certainty that Molina will take the field next year. That’s because the veteran backstop said this week that he actually could end up retiring if a team doesn’t come in and give him an offer he’s hoping for.
Yadier Molina says he’s open to not playing next year and retiring instead
In an exclusive interview with Polo Ascencio of La Vida Baseball, Molina indeed said he could opt to retire, and he’d do so with no regrets.
That obviously isn’t the news that Cardinals fans were hoping to see, as just about everyone in the city is hoping a deal can get done to bring Molina back to town. He’s been with the organization since 2004. Since then, he’s been to the All-Star Game nine times, has hit 162 homers and added 932 RBI.
While Molina is climbing in age and will turn 39 this July, he’s still got plenty left in the tank and could really help out a contender come next postseason. At the same time, Molina has already accomplished so much in his career and feels like he has nothing left to prove.
He’d be at peace with retiring if the right contract isn’t put in front of him. Will he end up walking away from the game? We’ll find out soon enough.