By Patrick Kelly
The St. Louis Cardinals have solidified their 2021 roster with a signing that seemed like too long of a wait. Yadier Molina has re-signed with the Cardinals for his 18th season where he will be the man behind the plate. After trading Dexter Fowler and being handed $50 million from the Colorado Rockies, they were able to ink Molina to a one-year deal worth a reported $9 million.
After the signing of pitcher Adam Wainwright, this was a deal that was rumored to be in the works and probably sped up after third baseman Nolan Arenado was acquired.
Although Molina missed 16 games in the shortened season last year, he was a bright spot in the Cardinals order, batting .262 with 16 RBI and .303 OBP. He will more than likely find his place later in the order which should put the 38-year-old in a good place to complement some high-caliber players.
Even though Arenado was added, this is still a signing Cardinals fans feel they needed. Molina is the longest tenured player in St. Louis and he has already etched his name in St. Louis sports history. This was the final piece of the puzzle for a team that has a good chance of winning the division and making it to the postseason where the Redbirds have often shown they can make anything happen.