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Rangers acquire Bengie Molina from SF

Posted on: June 30, 2010 11:45 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2010 6:31 pm

Playing for keeps with their AL West lead, the Texas Rangers struck a deal Wednesday night to acquire catcher Bengie Molina from the San Francisco Giants, beefing up an already solid offense and filling an area of need behind the plate.

The deal was formalized Thursday. The move not only solidifies the Rangers, who entered Wednesday night's game in Anaheim with a 3 1/2-game lead over the Angels, it also positions San Francisco for another move after a disappointing series in which the Giants were swept by the Dodgers.

The Giants, who will receive reliever Chris Ray and a minor-league right-hander named Michael Main, will turn catching duties over to rookie Buster Posey and are expected to seek a bat to power their lineup at first base. Speculation has centered on Milwaukee's Prince Fielder, headed for free agency after the 2011 season. The Chicago Cubs' Derrek Lee is another possibility.

Molina was hitting .257 with three homers and 17 RBI in 61 games for the Giants this season. A past All-Star and a solid all-around player, Molina has been something of a frustration at times to San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy and his staff.

Though he produced more than could have been expected batting out-of-position last summer -- often in the fourth slot in a weak-hitting lineup, he hit .265 with 20 homers and 80 RBI -- he appeared to be running on empty down the stretch. This year, Molina often hit sixth, but as he's struggled at the plate he was hitting eighth and he clearly was not happy being bounced around the lineup.

Molina, who turns 36 on July 20, should find Texas' ballpark more conducive to hitting. And he will give the Rangers stability behind the plate. Texas catchers this season have combined to bat .212 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs.

The two catchers with whom they opened the season, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Taylor Teagarden, both were optioned to the minors on April 27. Among other things, Saltalamacchia is battling a throwing problem in which he's having serious difficulty consistently returning the ball to the pitcher.

Journeyman Matt Treanor has been handling most of the catching duties.

Molina has picked it up some offensively recently: He leaves San Francisco hitting .286 over his past 15 games with a homer and five RBIs.


Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2010 9:06 pm

Rangers acquire Bengie Molina from SF

...beefing up an already solid offense and filling an area of need behind the plate... This line from the article would be perfect if you took out the words 'of need'.

Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2010 4:34 pm

Rangers to acquire Bengie Molina from SF

No, the Carlos Lee trade was not a disaster.  Mench and Nix have done nothing since the trade, so it was basically CoCo Cordero for Carlos Lee. Oh wait, the texas rangers starting RF Nelson Cruz was also part of that deal.  He is fourth in voting for the allstar game.  The Rangers wouldnt have paid the Cordero the money he wanted as a free agent anyway.

Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2010 3:53 pm

Rangers to acquire Bengie Molina from SF

You're forgetting, my fellow Rangers fan that the Nix/Mench/Cordero for Lee trade also brought us a minor leaguer named Nelson Cruz. Personally, I liked that trade. Cordero was inconsistant and still is. Nix hasn't exactly lit it up and Mench I believe is playing in Syracuse. The trade that had nearly sent me to the nut house was the one giving up pitcher Chris Young and Adrian Gonzalez to SD for Akanari Otsuka and Adam Eaton!! Did Adam Eaton even get anyone out as a Ranger??!! Trading Teixeira to Atlanta for Salty, Matt Harrison, Elvis Andrus and Neftali Feliz pretty much made up for it though and kept me among the sane.

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2010 3:34 pm

Rangers to acquire Bengie Molina from SF

Well, the Rangers weren't banking on Chris Ray to do much other than some mop up duties. The guy is 28 and he has a lifetime ERA over 4.00. This year he was decent, but had given up 4 HRs in 32 plus innings, and he didn't have great control. Bad news for Max Ramirez, who was decent, but I imagine Matt Treanor will be the backup catcher and Molina will be the number 1. Bengie is a bit old, but it's surprising what a change of scenery will do for a guy.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2010 2:31 pm

Rangers to acquire Bengie Molina from SF

As a Giants fan I can not be happier.  We need to play the kids in this organization and DEFINATELY Posey.  We are old and slow and Molina is the slowest dude in the league.  His defense isn't that good, he is ran on constantly, and has no "pop".  I think our pitchers will be happy to have his slow rear off the bases and a better bat in the catcher position.

For the Giants to get anything out of this deal is a major A+ for Sabean, our GM, whom I regularly trash.  Good job Sabean.

Since: Jun 23, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2010 1:44 pm

Rangers to acquire Bengie Molina from SF

I was thinking the same thing jjamesp7.  Try giving him a Playboy so that he can memorize the articles!!!

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2010 12:17 pm

Rangers to acquire Bengie Molina from SF

I agree, let's try and get rid of some of these duds.  Nady can stay at first base or even placing Colvin there wouldn't be that bad if we can't deal Fukudome.  I think it would be great to also dump Zambrano on the Yankees and take Burnett.  I think both would be equal in value so it would just be a change of scenery for both athletes.  I don't know who the Cubs have in the minors so it is important to find some prospects now.  One can only hope.

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2010 12:11 pm

Rangers to acquire Bengie Molina from SF

Dude. you are forgetting that we also received a young player named Nelson Cruz in that deal. That was an excellent trade for the Rangers. They have made some bad ones but that is not one of them.

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2010 11:39 am

Rangers to acquire Bengie Molina from SF

That was Carlos Lee AND Nelson Cruz.  I think we did okay.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: July 1, 2010 10:40 am

Rangers to acquire Bengie Molina from SF

I believe that the Rangers also got Nelson Cruz in that deal?  He's finally starting to produce like they thought he would!

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