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Molina plans to play past current deal, possibly through 2022; La Russa, Pujols reunited with Angels

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Originally, Yadier Molina's plan was to play through the end of his current contract, trade in his pads and catcher's mitt maybe for a fungo bat and some time as a coach for Team Puerto Rico or a guest instructor with the Cardinals, and then wait for the time to get fitted for a red coat.

Molina, whose current contract expires at the end of the 2020 season, would like to play through 2021 and possibly 2022, the Cardinals were told Tuesday during baseball's General Managers Meetings. The Cardinals met with Molina's agent, Melvin Roman, who also represents left fielder Marcell Ozuna.