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Posted on: March 7, 2011 8:55 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2011 10:42 pm
 

Molina declines Padres' advances, is 'retired'

By Matt Snyder

The Padres reached out to Bengie Molina and inquired as to his availability this season. His answer was that he "is retired." (North County Times , via Twitter)

With the announcement Gregg Zaun has decided to retire, the Padres are left with just Nick Hundley and Rob Johnson behind the plate. Johnson is fighting through a rib injury, too, so that's a lot of weight on the shoulders of Hundley -- who has never appeared in more than 85 major-league games in a season.

So the Padres' reported interest in Molina makes pretty good sense. They had a veteran backstop to help spell Hundley on occasion, lost him and looked to replace him with someone of similar ilk.

Molina, 36, set a career high with 20 home runs during 2009 with the Giants. He also drove home more than 80 runs for the third consecutive season, in addition to his outstanding work with the pitching staff. Last season, however, he lost his job to rookie sensation Buster Posey and was shipped to Texas midseason. Coincidentally, he faced off against the Giants in the World Series with his Rangers. His team came up short, but Molina does have a World Series ring -- which he won with the 2002 Angels.

There's no word on anyone else the Padres might pursue, or if they'll just go with Hundley, Johnson and their own minor-league system.

UPDATE: Cue the contradictory report! San Jose Mercury News reports Molina is "definitely not retired," just that he wants a "guaranteed deal at a respectable salary."

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Posted on: March 4, 2011 7:21 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2011 9:00 pm
 

3 up, 3 down: Jon Daniels' best, worst moves

DanielsBy Evan Brunell

The Rangers have handed GM Jon Daniels a four-year extension, rewarding the 33-year-old for steering the club to its first-ever AL pennant in 2010. For all of Daniels' talents, however, he's made quite a few missteps along the way. Here's a look back at Daniels' three best and worst moves as Rangers GM...

3 UP

1. The Teix Heist

The reason the Rangers made the World Series is thanks to the trade that sent Mark Teixeira to the Atlanta Braves. Consummated at the trade deadline of 2007, this deal represented the first time Daniels was trading away a major piece of a team and he needed to hit a home run.

He did. By dealing Teix and left-handed reliever Ron Mahay, Daniels hauled in catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, shortstop Elvis Andrus, pitchers Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison and Beau Jones. The fact Salty stalled in Texas is concerning, but many viewed the backstop at the time as one of the elite young catchers in the game. Andrus would go on to blossom as Texas' starting shortstop while Feliz won the AL Rookie of the Year Award with 40 saves last season and is currently shifting to the rotation. Harrison is a young lefty who is battling for a rotation spot himself, while Jones is the one non-entity.

This deal will continue to pay dividends over time, as Andrus and Feliz will be in town for years to come while Harrison is valuable depth. Saltalamacchia's career is not yet over as he is slated to start in Boston, and the jury is out on Daniels' return for Salty in three minor leaguers.

2. Game Over

Daniels made another significant trade the day of the 2007 trade deadline when he dealt "Game Over" Eric Gagne and cash to the Red Sox for Kason Gabbard, David Murphy and Engel Beltre.

Gagne was impressive in his first season as an ex-Dodger and after missing the bulk of the 2006 season. He wasn't the lockdown closer of old, but looked as if he could be a quality part of the bullpen. Except as Red Sox fans know, he completely imploded and while he walked away with a World Series trade, he will forever be known as Gag-me in Boston. (For some reason, there are over 11,000 views of a video I took recording Gagne's Red Sox debut.) His saving grace in Boston was as a Type-B free agent, and the Red Sox would later trade the player they drafted with the compensatory pick to Cleveland as part of the Victor Martinez deal.

Meanwhile, David Murphy is one of the more valuable fourth outfielders in the game and would be a starter for many other teams. Beltre has his makeup questions but is developing nicely as Texas' center fielder of the future. Gabbard flamed out, but at the time was a possible back-of-the-rotation starter.

3. Draft Bonanza

A major reason why Daniels has stayed viable as GM of the Rangers is his drafting history. Of course, major credit goes to the people working under him that are in charge of the draft, but Daniels deserves credit for putting these people in those roles as well as having a hand in the drafting and development of these players.

His first draft pick, Kasey Kiker, has yet to develop significantly but is just 22 and does hold some promise. However, his following two have had major league time already: power-hitting Chris Davis who has unfortunately failed time and time again to lock down a starting spot in Texas and Danny Herrera, who is a member of the Reds bullpen currently and was used to get Josh Hamilton. Michael Main was used to get Bengie Molina, while Blake Beavan and Justin Smoak were packaged for Cliff Lee

Tommy Hunter was a viable member of the rotation last season and could have a nice career as a back-of-the-rotation pitcher, while Julio Borbon is prepared to start in center field. Tanner Scheppers ranked No. 77 on CBSSports.com's Top 100 Prospects and  may have ranked higher if he was clearly going to be a starter. The club also came away with an impressive haul in the 2010 draft.

Honorable Mention: One would expect the deal bringing in Josh Hamilton to be one of Daniels' better deals, but it's hard to justify that as one of his best deals simply by virtue of giving up Edinson Volquez. There's no denying Hamilton's talent -- after all, he won the AL MVP award -- but Volquez has turned out pretty well for himself. There's a similar case to be made for the trade that imported Carlos Lee and Nelson Cruz from Milwaukee in exchange for Laynce Nix, Kevin Mench, Francisco Cordero and Juan Cordero, so the honorable mention goes to signing Colby Lewis to a two-year deal prior to the 2010 season. Lewis was an utter failure stateside before heading to Japan and discovering his talent. Daniels didn't hesitate to bring in Lewis, and all he did was become the Rangers' best right-handed starter in the team's run to the AL pennant.

3 DOWN

1. The Young and Heartless

In March of 2007, Daniels signed shortstop Michael Young to a five-year, $80 million extension, a contract that was strange at the time and now has snowballed. Two seasons later, Daniels bumped Young to third base in a contentious move to free up short for Elvis Andrus. Young's bat has continued to be solid, but he remained a defensive liability at third and in a much-publicized spat, is now headed to DH and first base after demanding a trade. However, thanks to Young's contract, it will be difficult to move him.

Daniels certainly shouldn't have signed Young to this deal, but that's not why this ranks as one of his three worst moves as GM. While there's a lot of "he-said, he-said" going on by both sides, the fact remains that Young is not very keen on speaking to Daniels and feels "misled." Whether or not you believe Daniels or Young (or think the true answer is somewhere in-between), Daniels should have done a far better job managing the crisis as this has become a nightmare, both in terms of Young's trade value and in public relations. Heck, it even made a three-year-old kid very upset.

2. A-Gone

It's hard to fault Jon Daniels for trading away Adrian Gonzalez as he needed pitching and had Mark Teixeira at first. But goodness, couldn't he have done better? In his second significant trade of his GM career -- the first was also pretty bad -- Daniels shipped away someone who would become one of the best first-basemen in the game in short order in Gonzalez to the Padres along with Chris Young, who fashioned a nice run for himself in the rotation for San Diego. Terrmel Sledge was a throw-in to get Adam Eaton, Akinori Otsuka and Billy Killian in return.

Eaton was a disaster, making just 13 starts and moving onto the Phillies where he was even worse, while Otsuka became the Rangers' closer but fell to injury in 2007 at age 35 and has not returned to the majors since. Killian is now in independent baseball.

Hey, every GM has trades they regret. It's part of life. But this is one regrettable trade that makes one really cringe looking back on it.

3. A-Rod to Soriano to Nothing

OK, so Daniels wasn't responsible for the initial trade of Alex Rodriguez, but he certainly was responsible for turning Rodriguez's return in Alfonso Soriano into something. Unfortunately, his first major trade was a flop when he shipped Soriano to the Washington Nationals for Brad Wilkerson, Armando Galarraga and Terrmel Sledge. Sledge would be shipped in another terrible deal a month later in the Adrian Gonzalez deal, while Wilkerson couldn't arrest the decline he began in his final season for the Nats in '06. He did not top 350 at-bats in the two seasons he was a Ranger.

While Galarraga was and still is nothing to write home about, he chewed up almost 500 innings for the Tigers after the Rangers essentially gave him away, predominantly as a starter the last three seasons -- and of course, as the architect of the 28-out perfect game. He is now a Diamondback and expected to serve in the back of the rotation. These types of pitchers are far from sexy and you can't blame Daniels for tossing Galarraga in the deal, but it only serves to make this deal look even worse given he got absolutely nothing of value for Soriano, which in turn meant the team got nothing for A-Rod.

In Daniels' defense, he was handicapped by Soriano entering the final year of his deal, but Daniels should have looked for prospects in any deal, not an outfielder on the decline, a pitcher he would give away a couple years later and a bit piece that would go on to become part of Daniels' worst trade to date.

Dishonorable Mention: Not to pile on Daniels, who has turned into a very fine GM, but just like he has plenty of candidates for honorable mention, he has candidates for this category as well. Signing Kevin Millwood to a five-year, $60 million deal was head-scratching at the time and he stumbled badly on December 23, 2006 when he dealt away John Danks, Nick Masset and Jacob Rasner to the White Sox for Brandon McCarthy and David Paisano. Danks and McCarthy were two highly-regarded prospects at the time, but Danks is the one that blossomed, while Masset would go on to bust out himself as an important part of the Reds bullpen.

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Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:06 am
Edited on: February 8, 2011 10:25 am
 

Molina unsure about return

Bengie Molina Former Rangers catcher Bengie Molina hasn't decided whether he'll retire or not, although you may not have realized that since he's not a Yankee.

Anyway, Newsday 's Ken Davidoff caught up with Molina on Monday and asked if he'd decided anything about his future.

"I've got no idea yet," Molina said. "We haven't decided yet."

Molina said he's talked to "a couple" of teams, but they're not offering him the kind of money he'd like to come back for a 14th season. Molina made $4 million last season. He hit .249/.279/.326 for the Giants and Rangers.

Molina was a Type A free agent, but because the Rangers didn't offer him arbitration, he wouldn't cost the team that signed him a draft pick.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 12, 2010 12:17 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2010 1:16 pm
 

Cards hope to add a Molina

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."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 5:05 pm
 

Rangers to bring back Treanor


The Rangers are close to announcing the return of catcher Matt Treanor, according to MLB.com.

"I don't know if it will happen in the next day, but we're pretty confident Matt is coming back," general manager Jon Daniels said.

Treanor, who hasn't shown he can hit at the big-league level (.211/.287/.308 last season), would back up Yorvit Torrealba, acquired by the Rangers this week. Bengie Molina, the Rangers' primary catcher last season, hasn't officially announced his retirement, but obviously the team is going forward without him.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 5:44 pm
 

Rangers sign Torrealba

Yorvit Torrealba
Nobody is going to confuse Yorvit Torrealba for Victor Martinez, whom the Rangers tried and failed to sign this month. But as offensive catchers go, you could do worse.

Texas has agreed on a two-year, $6.25 million deal with Torrealba, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. With Bengie Molina leaning toward retirement and Matt Treanor not an everyday option, the Rangers had made signing a catcher a top offseason priority.

Torrealba, 32, batted .271 for San Diego in 2010, third among National League catchers with at least 300 at-bats. He doesn't get on base a ton (.320 career OBP) but has a little pop, with 24 percent of his hits last season going for extra bases.

Torrealba was a Type B free agent, so the Padres, who offered him arbitration, will get a supplemental first-round draft pick next year. The Rangers do not surrender a pick for signing him.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 8:03 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2010 8:06 pm
 

Brewers offer Hoffman arbitration

Hoffman The Milwaukee Brewers offered Trevor Hoffman arbitration, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Hoffman has agreed to decline arbitration.

Hoffman is a Type B free agent, so Milwaukee will net a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere. The career leader in saves has indicated he will only play in 2011 if he is the closer, which he be in Milwaukee if he chose to return.

In other arbitration news:
  • Cliff Lee has unsurprisingly been offered arbitration along with fellow Type-A free agent Frank Francisco, which could chill Francisco's market. Vladimir Guerrero and Bengie Molina both saw their market increase with no offers of arbitration as MLB.com reports.
  • The Orioles have declined to offer arbitration to Koji Uehara, who may be among the most coveted relievers since he is extremely productive, is stingy with walks and will come on a one-year pact most likely. It's unlikely that Kevin Millwood is offered arbitration as the Baltimore Sun outlines, and if the Sun is to be believed, Millwood won't have a problem finding a job. The Rockies and Royals appear to be the farthest along in contract discussions.
  • Derrek Lee won't be back in Atlanta as the club will not offer arbitration to the Type-A free agent. Offering arbitration would have near guaranteed Lee's return, and the first-base job belongs to Freddie Freeman as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes.
  • The Diamondbacks will offer arbitration to Aaron Heilman and Adam LaRoche (both Type B free agents). It is possible LaRoche could accept and return as first baseman.
  • The Rays cut ties with Dan Wheeler (Type A) and Carlos Pena (Type B) as the St. Petersburg Times says, but did tender offers to Type A's in Carl Crawford, Grant Balfour and Rafael Soriano. They also offered to Type B's in Joaquin Benoit, Randy Choate, Brad Hawpe and Chad Qualls. Some of these Type B offers certainly have gentleman's agreements to decline, while Benoit is a Tiger and is already assured of giving Tampa a draft pick.
  • The Angels have announced DH Hideki Matsui won't be offered arbitration. The A's are thought to be contenders for Matsui's services.
  • The Denver Post has arbitration offers from Colorado out to Jorge de la Rosa (Type A) and Octavio Dotel (Type B).

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 17, 2010 12:23 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 12:23 pm
 

Thinking big: Rangers target Martinez

Victor Martinez
For a team that started last season 27th in payroll, the Rangers are certainly being financially ambitious this winter.

In addition to a full-court press for Cliff Lee, the Rangers want to bring back designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero, who wants a multi-year deal. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Texas also is targeting the top catcher on the market, Boston All-Star Victor Martinez.

The Rangers had Bengie Molina and Matt Treanor behind the plate last year, but Molina is considering retirement and the Rangers don't see Treanor as an everyday option. They'd like to upgrade at the position, and there's no bigger upgrade available than Martinez. But he's not going to be cheap, and you have to think his asking price just went up considering the money the Marlins put up for second-tier option John Buck.

Martinez, who will be 32 when next season starts, reportedly is holding out for a four-year deal. One appeal Texas might hold for him is that, at least in the near term, he'd continue to catch full-time if the Rangers retain Guerrero. Other teams -- the Red Sox want him back, and the Tigers, Orioles and others are in the mix -- are looking at using him at DH or first base.

Between an ownership change, a huge new TV deal and the windfall from their World Series run, the Rangers' financial situation is vastly improved from a year ago. Still, it's tough to see them laying out for multi-year deals for Lee, Martinez and Guerrero. The total number there could approach a quarter of a billion dollars.

-- David Andriesen

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