When spring training got rolling last year, Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals hadn't worked out a long-term deal and the slugging first baseman headed off to bigger dollar signs with the Los Angeles Angels after St. Louis wrapped up its World Series win.
Now the Cards have got longtime catcher Yadier Molina headed into the season in the last year of his contract and talks over a longtime deal have broken down. MLB.com reports that the Cards and Molina "have put discussions about a contract extension on hold after the two sides were unable to reach an agreement during a recent two-week period of talks."
The 29-year-old Molina, who made his big-league debut with the Cards back in 2004, batted. .305 with 14 homers and 32 doubles last season. He'll make $7 million this season.
Pujols didn't want to discus a new deal once spring training started, but Molina is open to that. "I think they would have to come to me and start talking to me," said Molina, according to the site. "I'm open to talk. We were talking for the last two weeks, and we are no longer talking. I'm just trying to concentrate on winning another championship and not worry about contracts. For now, we've stopped talking."
And when they do start talking again, don't expect a hometown discount, Cardinals fans. According to MLB.com, the four-time Gold Glove Award winner and three-time All-Star is seeking the same amount from St. Louis as he would get from any other team.