Yadier Molina will play next year. He signed a 1 year, $10M deal to spend one more year behind the plate for the Birds on a Bat. He and the Cardinals have portrayed it as a final contract, indicating 2022 will be his swan song as a player.
The only surprise is that he is, in fact, playing next year. He had intimidated after the 2019 season that 2020 would be his last. Then COVID-19 happened, the season was only 60 games, and he chose to play this year on a one year, $9M deal. I figured this was it, but was wrong. As both sides are now saying next year is it, expect one of those farewell tours next year where every other NL team feels the need to salute him before his last game in their stadium.
The 10 time all star, 9 time gold glove recipient will have played more games as a Cardinal than any player not named Stan Musial or Lou Brock. Like them, he will undoubtedly eventually have a bronze plaque hanging in Cooperstown.