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Yadier Molina hoping to stick with Cardinals

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Yadier Molina enters the final year of his contract this season with the St. Louis Cardinals and it isn't clear if he'll go the way of the man whom he considers a big brother, Albert Pujols, or if he'll be rejoining the Cards in 2013.

The 29-year-old Molina is hoping an extension can be agreed upon before the season gets started, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, but he's unafraid to leave the team that drafted him back in 2000.

"I'm open to staying here," the four-time Gold Glover said, according to the Post-Dispatch. "I love the city. I love the fans. I love the ballpark. But it's out of my hands. Whatever they like to do is how it is. They let Albert go. It's business for the team, too. It's out of my hands."

Molina batted .305 with 14 homers and 32 doubles last year for the World Series champs.

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