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Cards hope to add a Molina

Posted on: December 12, 2010 12:17 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2010 1:16 pm
Bengie Molina The Cardinals are looking on cornering the market on Molinas, as they have "pressed" to sign Bengie Molina to backup his brother, Yadier in St. Louis, Joe Stauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes .

Bengie Molina, who played for the Rangers and Giants last season, has publicly mulled retirement.

"I don't know where he is [in his decision process]. Only he knows that," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa told the paper. "As far as the fit, it's great for us. But anybody who's used to playing a lot has to make an adjustment as a backup. You work so close with the first guy, if you give off any vibe about playing time, that's not good, whether it's Bengie or anybody else trying to clear that hurdle."

Strauss writes the Cardinals have $1 million to spend on a backup catcher, their only hole on the roster. Bengie Molina made $4.5 million last season.

The Cardinals have also expressed interest in Josh Bard and Gregg Zaun. The team may not make a move on their catcher until they make a decision on shortstop Brendan Ryan, who is drawing interest from the Twins.

UPDATE: On Twitter , Strauss notes "For what it's worth, TLR sounded less than optimistic Sat. that B. Molina would sign for backup $$/playing time."

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Since: May 7, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2010 2:56 pm

Cards hope to add a Molina

Not a great signing of a waste of money. Bengie should have taken the mets 2 year offer when he was still thought of as a starter would have made more money. He is washed up now.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2010 2:31 pm

Cards hope to add a Molina

Keep your fingers crossed. I'd love the Cardinals to sign Bengie Moilina. An opportunity to play with his brother and always have another chance at post season would be pretty sweet. Maybe, be takes the $1 million and says, "Thank you."

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2010 5:23 pm

Cards hope to add a Molina

Bengie would be a nice addition to the team. I think the Cardinals were hoping to get something more than a prospect for Brendan Ryan, but I don't think they wanted to just move him for a backup catcher, either. But for what the Cards have to spend, I don't think Bengie would even be a possibility.

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