CARDINALS SPRING 12 in 12: The Irreplaceable Yadi

Posted: February 24, 2012 by The Cheap Seat Fan in MLB
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The St. Louis  2011 season will always be known just as much for change as it was for winning. Because for as much came in, arguably just as much left. From  to  and , departures changed the identity of the team rapidly. Coming into a new year, there is yet another familiar element that is casting a cloud of suspicion over the club already, perhaps justifiably so.

Does this scenario sound familiar? “All-Star benchmark cuts off  as the spring gets under way”. It should, because for the second year in a row, off field negotiations have become the biggest story of the first week of . Last spring, Pujols’ lack of a contract was the dominant topic right now. This year the situation has returned, with  being due a new deal.

A Molina deal represents a second chance to retain a irreplaceable franchise player in two years. Will the same rules repeat?

However, that’s where the similarities stop, and in a strange way, the urgency gets much higher. So let me get this out the way early, so that it’s clear:

Yadier Molina is the most important and irreplaceable player on the team. And this isn’t a new development.


For more on exactly what it could take to land Yadi & what could to the down spin if they can’t connect on a deal, head over to St. Louis Sports 360 here:


For everything else revolving around the Cardinals and their march back to Watch the Throne, follow me on Twitter at @CheapSeatFan.


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