Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported on Thursday evening that the Cardinals and catcher Yadier Molina were in the process of finalizing a three-year contract extension. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirmed that the deal was finalized. Rosenthal later added that the deal would be between $55-65 million.
This comes as no surprise as the two sides were reportedly making “major progress” on a contract extension on Monday. Molina was in the last year of a five-year, $75 million contract that included a mutual option for the 2018 season worth $15 million. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Monday that Molina felt there were “too many catchers making more money.”
Molina, 34, hit a productive .307/.360/.427 with 38 doubles and eight home runs with 58 RBI and 56 runs scored over 581 plate appearances last season. Despite his age, Molina’s defense still receives high marks and he remains well-regarded for his ability to call games and handle his pitching staff. This contract will presumably cover the 2018-20 seasons, meaning the seven-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove Award-winner will be 38 years old when the contract is expiring.
For the first time in a month and a half, Aaron Judge went an entire game without striking out, ending his record streak at 37 games. Judge had an RBI single and three walks in Tuesday night’s 13-4 victory over the Tigers.
Judge went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and zero strikeouts in a 9-4 loss to the Brewers on July 7. Between July 8 and August 20, Judge would strike out in all 37 games, breaking the record previously held by Adam Dunn, who struck out in the first 32 games of the 2012 season. If one counted streaks extending into multiple seasons, Dunn held the record at 36 games as he struck out in his final four games in 2011 as well.
After Tuesday’s performance, Judge is now hitting .284/.417/.594 with 37 home runs, 81 RBI, and 93 runs scored in 525 plate appearances on the season. He’s had a particularly rough second half, as he entered Tuesday with a .684 OPS since the All-Star break, a far cry from his 1.139 OPS before the break.
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was able to get a ground ball past Pirates first baseman Josh Bell for a double leading off the top of the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s game. He would come around to score later in the inning on a Corey Seager single, breaking a 1-1 tie.
The double gave Gonzalez 2,000 hits for his career. He is the 282nd player in baseball history and the 11th active player to reach 2,000 career hits. Gonzalez also has 300 home runs, making him one of 94 players with at least 300 dingers and 2,000 hits.
Gonzalez, who was recently activated from the disabled list, entered Tuesday’s action hitting .247/.295/.330 with one home run and 25 RBI in 201 plate appearances on the season.