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Cardinals’ Yadier Molina To Retire After 2020 Season

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Several sources Monday afternoon reported that long-time St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina intends on retiring when his contract expires after the 2020 season.

Molina, 35, is entering his 15th season with the Cardinals since his rookie campaign in 2004- and what a run it’s been. Other than winning two World Series rings as the team’s primary catcher, he’s been an eight-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove winner.

Prior to the 2017 season, Molina signed a three-year deal worth $20 million with St. Louis which was set to take effect following the season as he would’ve been a free agent.

This past year, Molina hit .273/.312/.439 with 18 homers and a career-high 82 RBIs.

Molina been a rock behind the plate, having appeared in at least 136 games in eight of the last nine years, and at least 124 in 10 of the last 12 for the Cardinals.

Overall, Molina’s a career .284/.336/.403 hitter with 126 homers, 335 doubles, and 785 RBIs. In 315 postseason at-bats, he’s a .286 career hitter with 31 RBIs, including clips of .325 (39 for 120) and 20 RBIs in the Cards’ two Championship runs.

Molina is definitely making a case for the Hall of Fame. He needs just 270 hits for 2,000, and has a chance to get double-digit All-Stars and Gold Gloves before it’s over. And of course, there’s that postseason success.

It’s been quite a run for Molina as a Cardinal, and three more solid years could earn him his spot in Cooperstown- especially playing the toughest position for 17 years for one team. Don’t see many of those anymore!

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Brewers Discussing Trade for Will Smith

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The Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants have been in talks regarding a trade that would send left hander Will Smith back the Brewers, according to The Athletic’s Robert Murray.

Per the report, the Giants are interested in second base prospect Mauricio Dubon.

Smith has had a solid season in 2019, pitching to an impressive 2.17 ERA.

No deal is close as of this writing.

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Mets To Place Zack Wheeler On Injured List

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The New York Mets will place right hander Zack Wheeler on the injured list due to shoulder fatigue, according to Newsday’s Tim Healey.

In a corresponding move, the Mets will have left-hander Steven Matz start in place of Wheeler for tomorrow’s game.

Wheeler has been heavily linked in trade rumors, so it is unclear just how much this injury will impact his value on the trade market.

It is unclear just how long Wheeler will be out.

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Mets Shopping Noah Syndergaard

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The New York Mets will likely be big sellers at the deadline and it appears that they are shopping starter Noah Syndergaard.

According to Newsday’s Tim Healey, the Mets have discussed Syndergaard with around six teams, adding that there’s “minimal urgency” on the Mets’ part to trade Syndergaard.

Per the report, the Mets would need to be “wowed” in order to move Syndergaard.

Syndergaard, 26, isn’t having the kind of season he is accustomed to, pitching to the tune of a 4.68 ERA, and is posting other career-low numbers.

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