3 Teams That Should Swipe Yadier Molina From Cardinals in Free Agency After Latest Comments

St Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina
St Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina / Mark Brown/Getty Images

Over his lengthy career in the Midwest, catcher Yadier Molina has become as synonymous with the St. Louis Cardinals as any player in the new millennium.

As hard as it may be to picture him in anything other than Cardinals red, Molina confirmed that he would now be willing to go into free agency if the Cardinals don't wont him back.

An elite defensive catcher with enough pop in his bat to survive as a starter, Molina could be a perfect addition to these three clubs.

3. Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. / Mark Blinch/Getty Images

The Blue Jays have taken a unique approach to roster construction, as they have stacked their lineup with second-generation players, including Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, and Cavan Biggio, with the likes of Griffin Conine coming down the pipe. With their ace in Hyun-Jin Ryu cemented as the long-term No. 1, this young team needs a veteran rudder to give them some direction. Not only could Molina do that, but he'd be an upgrade behind the plate and at the dish over Danny Jansen.

2. New York Yankees

New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez / Elsa/Getty Images

If Molina is willing to accept a backup role in order to win a championship, the Yankees would be his best chance to satisfy that need for another World Series ring. As elite an offensive catcher as Gary Sanchez is and as overblown as his defense concerns are, it doesn't take a genius to see Molina is the superior defensive backstop. Molina would be a veteran, light-hitting yin to the young, powerful yang supplied by Sanchez, and that balance could bring the Yankees back to the World Series.

1. Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flowers
Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flowers / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Molina would likely grab the starting spot over Tyler Flowers, and he'll step onto a Braves team with all the pieces to make a run at the World Series. By going to Atlanta, Molina gets the best of both worlds, as he would be the unquestioned starter while potentially being that final piece that helps a young pitching staff hit their stride, and a young team overall buckle down in the playoffs.