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Yadier Molina plans to retire when his contract ends

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Last April, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina signed a three-year, $60 million contract extension. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Molina plans to hang up his spikes when that contract ends after the 2020 season. “Three more years, that’s it,” Molina said.

Molina, 35, set a career-high in RBI last season with 82 and also stole nine bases, but otherwise had a mediocre season by his standards. He hit .273/.312/.439 with 18 home runs in 543 plate appearances.

Molina has been with the Cardinals for the duration of his 14-year major league career after the Cardinals selected him in the fourth round of the 2000 draft. He transformed himself from a light-hitting backstop into an offensive threat, helping the Cardinals reach the playoffs nine times and win the World Series twice in 2006 and 2011.

Mets lose Robinson Canó, Jeff McNeil to injured list

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As Bill wrote last night, Robinson Canó — bashed for his lack of hustle just a few days ago — busted it out of the box last night and strained his hamstring. That has now landed him on the injured list. Adeiny Hechavarria took over at second base after Cano’s last night and is starting there in today’s game versus the Nationals. No timetable has been given for Canó, but one usually misses at least a couple of weeks with hamstring pulls, sometimes longer.

Also going on the shelf for the Mets is Jeff McNeil, who hurt his hamstring on Tuesday. J.D. Davis will cover for him until he comes back. Michael Conforto is the next regular outfielder who should return to the fold. He has still not been given an offical comeback date after hitting the injured list with a concussion, but it was reported yesterday that he has been symptom free for a few days, which is a good sign.