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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Rays To Sign Jose Molina

 

The Rays have reached a two-year, $4.5MM agreement with catcher Jose Molina, tweets Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com...

Molina is expected to be Jose Lobaton’s backup after starting a career-high 87 games behind the plate in 2013, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times...

Molina batted .233./.290/.304 in a career-best 313 plate appearance (99 games) for the Rays last season, his lowest offensive output in the past four years. However, the 38-year-old is regarded as one of the game’s best defensive catchers (although his lack of mobility resulted in 33 wild pitches and eight passed balls) and is an expert in the art of pitch-framing. Molina has also thrown out 38% of opposing base-stealers throughout his career.

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The Rays have reached a two-year, $4.5MM agreement with catcher Jose Molina, tweets Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com...

Molina is expected to be Jose Lobaton’s backup after starting a career-high 87 games behind the plate in 2013, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times...

Molina batted .233./.290/.304 in a career-best 313 plate appearance (99 games) for the Rays last season, his lowest offensive output in the past four years. However, the 38-year-old is regarded as one of the game’s best defensive catchers (although his lack of mobility resulted in 33 wild pitches and eight passed balls) and is an expert in the art of pitch-framing. Molina has also thrown out 38% of opposing base-stealers throughout his career.

The District Attorney Posted: November 24, 2013 at 04:41 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: free agents, jose molina, rays, transactions

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   1. RollingWave Posted: November 24, 2013 at 08:25 PM (#4605510)
Jose Molina is still in the league?
   2. GregD Posted: November 24, 2013 at 08:45 PM (#4605512)
Every single catcher is getting too much money for too many years. When will the market fix the market?
   3. Greg Pope Posted: November 24, 2013 at 08:47 PM (#4605514)
Not picking on TDA here, but why does everybody who tries to submit a picture or a video have the same problem?
   4. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: November 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM (#4605538)
[2] Non-catchers are the new market inefficiency.
   5. Rafael Bellylard: The Grinch of Orlando. Posted: November 24, 2013 at 11:44 PM (#4605562)
Molina was David Price's personal catcher last season. Maybe there is a long term contract in the works?

Yeah, I know. It's the Rays. But they have to spend YR's money on something.
   6. PreservedFish Posted: November 24, 2013 at 11:46 PM (#4605564)
I noticed for a while there that Molina and Lobaton were simply alternating games, Molina, Lobaton, Molina, Lobaton, Molina, Lobaton.
   7. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: November 25, 2013 at 02:11 AM (#4605579)
Ah yes....The Framer.
   8. Bug Selig Posted: November 25, 2013 at 07:16 AM (#4605592)
Words that have hopefully never appeared together before: "Jose Lobaton's backup".
   9. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: November 25, 2013 at 07:39 AM (#4605595)
If your son is left-handed, teach them to pitch.

If your son is right-handed, make them a catcher.

If your son is a Molina, they will be a catcher.
   10. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 25, 2013 at 07:44 AM (#4605597)
If your son is a left-handed Molina, the fabric of space-time will be torn and the universe will come to an end.

Or Benny Distefano will cease to be the answer to a trivia question. One or the other.
   11. gef the talking mongoose, amorphous lefty blob Posted: November 25, 2013 at 09:58 AM (#4605629)
I noticed for a while there that Molina and Lobaton were simply alternating games, Molina, Lobaton, Molina, Lobaton, Molina, Lobaton.


I originally read that as "simply alternating names."

Which works, too, of course.
   12. bjhanke Posted: November 26, 2013 at 02:04 AM (#4606068)
If the three Molina Brothers all have several children, and if those children are also all Molinas and end up playing catcher in MLB at the same time, does that mean that all those Molinas will just be average catchers, because the context is also composed of Molina Cousins? - Brock Hanke
   13. don't ask 57i66135; he wants to hang them all Posted: November 26, 2013 at 05:57 AM (#4606080)
If your son is a Molina, they will be a catcher.
what about nestor molina?
   14. Rally Posted: November 26, 2013 at 09:31 AM (#4606103)
If the three Molina Brothers all have several children, and if those children are also all Molinas and end up playing catcher in MLB at the same time, does that mean that all those Molinas will just be average catchers, because the context is also composed of Molina Cousins? - Brock Hanke


In the future, the word "catcher" falls into disuse. All MLB teams have a starting Molina and a backup Molina.
   15. base ball chick Posted: November 26, 2013 at 01:28 PM (#4606235)
youse guys are ALWAYS (almost always) complaining about contracts - they are always too much $$$ or too long unless it is some sort of cheapo 1 year deal

who exactly is it you want the team to spend its money on? or do you just want the owners to not pay anyone good and just pocket the profit like with jim crane and jeff loria?

   16. Greg K Posted: November 26, 2013 at 01:38 PM (#4606239)
I think Team BTF would consist entirely of either pre-Arb, Arb, or Arb Buy-Out Extensions players. In other words, no one over 30. Except maybe former stars on one-year reclamation contracts like Dan Haren.
   17. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: November 26, 2013 at 02:25 PM (#4606263)
If your son is left-handed, teach them to pitch.

If your son is right-handed, make them a catcher.

If your son is a Molina, they will be a catcher.


Gustavo Molina isn't even related to the famous catching Molinas, and he still became a catcher. The name is that strong.
   18. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: November 26, 2013 at 03:04 PM (#4606285)
[17] I just looked up all the Molinas in MLB history. Although Gustavo and Izzy were indeed catchers, Gabe, sadly, was not.
   19. snowles Posted: November 26, 2013 at 04:01 PM (#4606324)
Wow, I thought Molina was a black hole this year, and even when he (a defense first catcher) has his worst offensive season in 4 years he STILL manages to out-OPS JP Arencibia (an defense last catcher)! Brutal...

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