Tag:Jose Molina
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: November 28, 2011 12:54 pm

Jose Molina signs with Rays

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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Posted on: March 17, 2011 5:39 pm
Edited on: March 17, 2011 5:43 pm

Molina could be personal catcher for 2 Jays

By Evan Brunell

MolinaJose Molina could crack 200 at-bats for the third time in his career this season, as Blue Jays manager John Farrell reveals Molina will likely be the personal catcher for two starting pitchers.

Molina will link up again with Brandon Morrow, as he did for 20 of Morrow's 27 starts, but will also add Kyle Drabek to his duties if the youngster can make the rotation. That would line him up to easily surpass 200 at-bats in a career and give him a shot to set a new career high provided Morrow and Drabek stay healthy.

Molina grabbed 268 at-bats for the Yankees in 2008 thanks to a Jorge Posada injury and hit .216/.263/.313. Of course, Molina isn't in the majors for his bat, but rather his defense which is a trademark among the Molina brothers (although less so for Bengie) along with being completely unable to run. Molina also had 203 at-bats for the then-Anaheim Angels back in 2004.

The belief is that Molina can handle power pitchers better than rookie catcher J.P. Arencibia could, as pitchers would be less comfortable overruling Molina's calls than they may otherwise with the still-green Arencibia.

"We don’t want to say that certain pitchers can’t pitch with other catchers behind the plate," manager John Farrell told the Toronto Sun, "but I think you’re looking at two pitchers with similar stuff and to make sure that they don’t go away from their secondary stuff and become so reliant on their fastball and just become hard, hard, hard. Sometimes a power pitcher’s mentality can revert to that throwing mindset. That’s where some of [having Molina] can be beneficial."

Such an arrangement would limit Arencibia to three out of five days of playing time, which seems like an odd way to treat someone who could have a long future in Toronto. Arencibia is known more for his bat than his defense, but it's still important to get him used to the majors. It's possible Toronto could DH Arencibia on the days he sits, which would likely push Juan Rivera or Edwin Encarnacion to the bench.

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Posted on: October 27, 2010 5:31 pm

Jays pick up Molina option

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The Blue Jays have picked up its option on catcher Jose Molina for 2011. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com says via Twitter the option was for $1.2 million, though Cot's Baseball Contracts says it's $1 million.

Unless the Jays plan to trade Molina, this is a pretty good indication Toronto is going to let John Buck leave in free agency and install J.P. Arencibia as the starter, with Molina remaining the backup.

Molina, 35, the middle of the three catching Molina brothers (Bengie of the Rangers is 36, Yadier of the Cardinals is 28). He batted .246/.304/.377 in 57 games last season.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 3:30 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2010 5:24 pm

Toronto catcher Buck hurt

The Blue Jays are waiting to hear about the severity of a hand injury to All-Star catcher John Buck.

Buck was struck by a foul tip off the bat of Alex Rodriguez (who is apparently trying to ruin everyone's day today) in the fifth inning. He grasped his right hand in obvious pain and was attended by trainers before coming out of the game and being replaced by backup Jose Molina.

Hopefully it's nothing serious for Buck, who's having a really solid season (.277/.311/.502, 14 homers, 49 RBI). The good news, if you could call it that, is that if Buck does have to miss time it will likely give Jays fans their first look at top prospect J.P. Arencibia, who is lighting up Triple-A (.303/.360/.639, 31 homers, 79 RBIs) and knocking loudly on the big-league door.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: According to MLB.com (via Twitter ), Buck suffered a laceration of the thumb, X-rays were negative and he's listed as day-to-day.

UPDATE: Buck had three stitches in the thumb and has been placed on the disabled list. The Jays did not immediately say who would replace him on the roster, but Arencibia is a good bet.

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