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Jose Molina signs with Rays

Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: November 28, 2011 12:54 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Free agent catcher Jose Molina has signed with the Tampa Bay Rays, the club announced Monday. The signing comes just about 12 hours after the club announced it had traded catcher John Jaso to the Mariners. Molina's deal is for one year and $1.5 million with a $1.8 million option for 2013 with a $300,000 buyout.

Molina, 36, hit .281/.342/.415 in 191 plate appearances last season in what would likely qualify as the best offensive season of his career. Then again, the Rays didn't exactly sign Molina for his bat. The reason he's hung around baseball this long is because he's a great defensive catcher and we know the Rays love good defense.

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Don't expect Molina to play full time behind the plate, as he's never caught more than 100 games in a season. Jose Lobaton and Robinson Chirinos will also likely grab some playing time.

The Rays will mark Molina's third AL East team in four seasons, as he's previously played for the Yankees and Blue Jays. He also spent seven seasons for the Angels after coming up with the Cubs.

He is the brother of both Bengie and Yadier Molina.

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Comments

Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Jose Molina signs with Rays

A good signing for the Rays.  They are one team that really values defense.  Who knows?  They may even get more offense from him than most expect.



Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Jose Molina signs with Rays

One of the best fielding teams just got even better. The Molina bros sure know how to catch.



Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2011 3:29 pm
 

Jose Molina signs with Rays

Not what you may call a "noteworthy" signing, but definatly one that will help their picthing staff this season. Certainly did wonders for the Jays young staff in the time he was there.



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