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Yadier Molina signs 5-year extension

Updated: March 2, 2012, 5:42 PM ET
Associated Press

JUPITER, Fla. -- The St. Louis Cardinals made certain another big star did not get away.

Four-time Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract Thursday that kicks in next season and will keep him in St. Louis through the 2017 season. The deal makes Molina, long known for his premier defense and with a much improved bat, the second-highest paid catcher in the majors.

"He's the best catcher in the game," teammate Carlos Beltran said. "When you have the ...

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