Rangers - Acquired Molina
Texas Rangers - Acquired C Bengie Molina from the San Francisco Giants P Chris “Gamma” Ray and a player to be named later.
A few years ago, the Texas Rangers possessed an impressive trio of young catchers, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Taylor Teagarden, and Max Ramirez and the team believed that at least one of the three would be the starter of the future. Since then, Saltalamacchia has contracted a case of Mackey Sasser Syndrome and like the former Met backstop, found himself unable to throw the ball back to the pitcher. Teagarden has suffered a number of injuries and hasn’t hit at all in the last few years and Ramirez’s defense hasn’t progressed far enough for him to start behind the plate. With CF Julio Borbon hitting better as of late (356/400/517 in June), a short-term upgrade of 34-year-old career backup Matt Treanor was the most logical lineup change to make.
Did the Rangers upgrade? Not really. Molina’s a serviceable hitter for a catcher, but he’s also hit 217/268/290 over the last two months and was only still starting in San Francisco because of Bruce Bochy’s stubborn insistence on not giving top prospect Buster Posey any time behind home plate. Posey’s only started 2 games in 25 at catcher, though the injury to Mark DeRosa and the resulting lineup shakeup has contributed. Posey should be the primary catcher now, though Eli Whiteside will get occasional starts, mostly likely when Jonathan Sanchez pitches.
In return for Molina, the Giants will receive reliever Chris Ray and a player to be named. While Ray’s ERA (3.41 at the moment) is a big improvement over his 2009 performance in Baltimore, he’s also walking as many batters as he’s striking out and has an unsustainable .214 BABIP. The peripherals tell the story pretty clearly:
Ray, 2009 7.27 5.36
Ray, 2010 3.41 5.29
The Giant bullpen has been quite good this season (3.25 ERA and a K/9 of 9.0), so Ray should be towards the back of the bullpen and the team is unlikely to stick him with for long if he doesn’t pitch well.
ZiPS Rest-of-Season Projections
W L ERA IP H ER HR BB SO
Chris Ray 1 1 5.09 23.0 26 13 3 11 19
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
Bengie Molina 216 19 59 10 0 7 20 10 25 .271 .309 .413
Posted: July 01, 2010 at 03:43 PM | 15 comment(s)
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