With new deal, Reds keeping Rolen through 2012

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mlb_a_rolen11_576.jpgWith the Reds hurting for payroll
relief, Scott Rolen has agreed to restructure his contract with an extension that will carry him through the 2012 season,
Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.



Rolen, who turns 35 in April, was set to earn $11 million next
season, but under the terms of the new agreement, he will take home $6
million in 2010 and $6.5 million in 2011 and 2012. He’ll also receive a
$5 million signing bonus, deferred over the next three seasons.




Rolen batted .305/.368/.455 with 11
home runs and 67 RBI in ’09, including a .270/.364/.401 line in 137
at-bats after being acquired from the Blue Jays at the trade deadline.
Even though he missed nearly three weeks with post-concussion symptoms,
his 128 games played were his most since 2006 with
the Cardinals. As always, the biggest question is whether he can remain
healthy, but assuming he can, it’s a more than fair deal for the Reds
if it means they can improve in other areas.

Yadier Molina responds to Willson Contreras on Instagram

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On Monday, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras showed he was very confident heading into the 2018 season, saying, “I know that I’m going to be better than [Yadier Molina and Buster Posey].” Contreras explained that his goal is to become “the best catcher in the game for a long time — like it was with Yadier Molina, like it is with Buster Posey.”

Apparently, Contreras ruffled Molina’s feathers as the Cardinals’ veteran backstop took to Instagram to respond. Posting a picture of himself with Buster Posey and Salvador Perez, Molina wrote, “Respeten los rangos NOVATOS!! aqui con los q si han probao que son los duros!!” That loosely translates to “respect the ranks,” referring to Contreras as a novice.

Molina is no stranger to using Instagram to air his grievances. He apparently used the social media app to take a swipe or two at manager Mike Matheny last year.

Of course, Molina seems to be misreading the intent of Contreras. Contreras seems to think highly of Molina, having referred to him as being one of the best catchers in the game — even if it was in the past tense. Molina should know, being someone who also competes at the highest level, that having confidence is an important part of the recipe for success. Perhaps this will make for some interesting games during the season, breathing new life into the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry.