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Cardinals offer to Yadier Molina said to be five years, more than $60 million

No wonder Yadier Molina is apparently willing to give up a chance to join his old pal Albert Pujols in Anaheim at the end of the 2012 season.

According to Fox Sports, which reports he is close to an extension with the Redbirds, the team has offered more than $60 million over five years. That's a lot of tattoo money.

It seems the Cardinals are especially motivated to keep their backstop after the loss of Pujols. And it makes a lot of sense because, not only is he a fan favorite, but he's an important part of the St. Louis pitching equation. Especially with coach Dave Duncan out of the picture.

There are worse places a team can spend its money than on a great defensive catcher.