Mets and Yankees among teams to express interest in free agent Yadier Molina

Danny Abriano
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Yadier Molina uncorks a throw from behind the plate
Yadier Molina uncorks a throw from behind the plate

With the Mets and Yankees' catching situations in flux, both teams have expressed interest in free agent Yadier Molina, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

Per Martino, the Mets and Yanks are among about five teams who have reached out.

According to Jon Heyman, the Cardinals are the favorites to sign Molina, who wants a two-year deal.

Beyond J.T. Realmuto and James McCann, the available catchers on the free agent market this offseason leave a lot to be desired.

SNY's Andy Martino reported Thursday that it's hard to see the Mets or Yanks fitting Realmuto into their offseason plans.

Molina, 38, is trending downward, having hit .268/.310/.388 over the last two seasons for the Cardinals. His OPS in 2020 was .662.

Defensively, Molina is still an above-average framer, and his overall defense behind the plate has been a tick above average the last few seasons -- far off from his peak, but still solid.

For Mets fans, many of whom despise Molina for his years tormenting them as a member of the Cardinals (including his series-winning home run in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS), it would definitely be odd getting used to Molina in orange and blue.

For the Yankees, they likely need to decide what to do with Gary Sanchez before locking in another catcher who profiles as a starter.