The St. Louis Cardinals and catcher Yadier Molina have agreed to a three-year contract extension worth $60 million.
Molina joined the Cardinals in 2004 and became the team's full-time starting catcher in 2005. He signed his current contract before the 2012 season. He is expected to earn $14 million in 2017. The new deal will take effect in 2018.
The new deal will make him Major League Baseball's highest-paid catcher by average annual value.
In his 13 seasons with the Cardinals, Molina has won two World Series, made seven All-Star teams and won eight Gold Glove awards. He has a 33.3 career WAR with 1,593 hits, 108 home runs and 703 RBIs.
The Cardinals open the season on Sunday night against the reigning World Series champion Chicago Cubs.
- Chris Chavez