Cards GM Says Molina Deal “Not Done” But He’s “Optimistic”

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak says he’s “hopeful” to have a new contract for Yadier Molina before opening day but says a deal is “not done.”

Molina homered Thursday night in a game against St. Louis’ top minor league affiliate while reports surfaced that he’s nearing a new contract. Fox Sports reported during the game that Molina and the Cardinals are finalizing a three-year deal worth between $55 million and $65 million.

Mozeliak said after the game that a deal is not yet complete, but “we’re optimistic.”

Molina has said he wants a contract finalized before the season opens Sunday night. He said “nothing’s done” after the game but expressed optimism. He says “it’s my main goal to stay here.”

The Cardinals beat the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds 9-3.

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