Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been fined $5,000 by Major League Baseball for shoving aside home plate umpire Jerry Meals during an altercation with Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez during Game 1 of the NLDS. Molina was able to avoid a suspension.
The altercation occurred after Adam Wainwright hit Yasiel Puig with a pitch, which upset Gonzalez. Gonzalez voiced his displeasure to Molina and the two got face-to-face to shout at each other. Meals attempted to separate the two, but an irate Molina pushed Meals aside to continue to yell in Gonzalez’s face.
In the four games the Cardinals needed to dispatch the Dodgers from the NLDS, Molina had two singles and a double in 15 at-bats with zero RBI and a pair of runs scored.
ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.
The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.
“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”
He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.
Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.
His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.
He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.
Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.
He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.