Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina mentions the possibility of retirement, the NL Central has been the least active in the majors this offseason, and the Cardinals' winter has lacked verve while they ask for patience. All of that, and this brand new episode of the Best Podcast in Baseball begins with a question about The Mandalorian. It will all make sense by the end, when we discuss who will be the Jedi Knight to save the Cardinals for this winter of fan discontent. KMOX/1120 AM sports host Kevin Wheeler joins St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold to discuss the three true outcomes of Molina's free agency and what's really going on with the Cardinals' inactive division. The two also touch on the arbitration questions for individual players, "artisanal" statistics, and of course the Disney+ show that has revitalized the Star Wars universe. The Best Podcast in Baseball, brought to you weekly by Closets by Design of St. Louis, is a production of the Post-Dispatch, StlToday.com, and Derrick Goold.
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Righthander agrees to a one-year, $900,000 deal right before deadline, per source. Three other players have until noon St. Louis to agree, or they will swap salary figures with the Cardinals and await an arbitration hearing.