Cards to exercise Molina option; TLR welcome back
The Cardinals celebrated Sunday, but business gets back to normal for general manager John Mozeliak on Monday. That includes plenty of dealing with free agents, and trying to secure the team’s coaching staff for 2012. It also includes the matter of dealing with some club options.
One of those options is a slam dunk. Mozeliak said that he expects to exercise catcher Yadier Molina’s 2012 option on Monday. The option is worth $7 million, with a buyout of $750,000, and is the final year of a contract Molina signed before the 2008 season.
The club also holds options on relievers Arthur Rhodes and Octavio Dotel, neither of which is likely to be exercised. However, the Cards could approach either or both about a return at a lower cost.
Additionally, Mozeliak made the club’s unsurprising stance on manager Tony La Russa clear: the team hopes to have its skipper back for a 17th season. La Russa and the team hold a mutual contract option for 2012.