The Yankees-Yadier Molina rumors are heating up!
We’ve done our best to speak this into existence, and it looks like we’re on the right track! Oh, the power of the universe.
The New York Yankees are in need of a competent catcher, and though buzz about Gary Sanchez being tendered a contract before Dec. 2 has picked up some steam, we won’t believe it until we see it.
That has spurred Yadier Molina-to-the-Bronx rumors, which have progressively gained more and more credibility since the first mention. Yadi confirmed the Yankees’ interest in him recently, and now we have a Cardinals insider providing some more worthwhile insight on the matter.
With two days before the deadline to tender Sanchez a contract, this could be bad news for the polarizing slugger.
"“I wouldn’t rank the Padres or Angels high at this point. Mets become a player if they don’t get Realmuto. So they could surge up that list,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch beat writer Derrick Goold told his readers during Monday’s Q&A. “The Yankees are the clearest and most present threat to the Cardinals re-signing Molina, from what I can tell, and my reporting on that hasn’t changed for more than a month now. It was good for Molina to be candid in that interview. Teams that have talked to him doesn’t necessarily mean the teams that (are) making offers, though. And at last check, some of the teams talking to him were also waiting to see what Realmuto did first.”"
The addition of Molina can change everything for the Yankees. They need reliable defense behind home plate, another steadfast veteran voice, and a contact bat somewhere in the lineup. Molina checks all those boxes, but he’s not going to be cheap, so if he joins the Yankees, many suspect Sanchez will be packing his bags.
While this report is promising, let’s also realize that the Yankees are far and away the team that makes the most sense for Molina out of all the others who are interested in him, so this doesn’t really do much but confirm the obvious.
Molina re-signing with the Cards is the most obvious scenario, followed by him joining the Bombers. There’s literally zero reason for him to join the Angels, Padres or Mets. Those teams don’t give him an immediate opportunity to win the World Series in the next two years.
The dream is alive, Yankees fans. We’ll know more about this in about 48 hours.