Giants Re-Sign Bengie Molina To One-Year Deal

Bengie Molina rejected a $5MM offer from the Mets and chose instead to take a one-year $4.5MM deal to return to San Francisco. The move, which is now official, increases the likelihood that top prospect Buster Posey will start the season back in the minors.

Molina returns to the Bay Area despite reports that GM Brian Sabean said he believed the backstop had received a multi-year offer elsewhere. Molina, whose brother Jose is still a free agent, earned $16MM as part of the three year deal he signed with San Francisco back in 2007. He hit .278/.302/.440 with 55 homers while with the Giants. 

Now, the Giants have reached their payroll limit, tweets ESPN.com's Buster Olney.

Dennis O'Donnell of CBS 5 Sports first reported the deal and SI.com's Jon Heyman added that Molina turned down a superior offer from the Mets.

Ben Nicholson-Smith contributed to this post.


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200 Comments on "Giants Re-Sign Bengie Molina To One-Year Deal"


$1529282
5 years 6 months ago

Wow, he must really not have wanted to play in New York…

Ian_Smell
5 years 6 months ago

Say it ain’t so!

Wolfbane
5 years 6 months ago

HALLEJULAH, HALLEJULAH, HALLEJULAH………

5 years 6 months ago

LOL, thank you Brian Sabean.

-Signed,
Mets fans.

5 years 6 months ago

I should note I don’t think this is a mistake by Sabean… Molina at 1 year for that price is very reasonable, even though I don’t think hes particularly good. But the only way Bengie was coming to NY was on a multi-year deal, which would have been awful.

5 years 6 months ago

I don’t think he is saying is a bad deal, its just thanks for signing him period. A lot of Mets fans didn’t want Molina, besides there are other option that might produce the same

RiverKKiller999
5 years 6 months ago

Im not a mets fan but im glade to see he didnt sign
with the mets…

humbb
5 years 6 months ago

I agree. Oh that crafty Sabean … got him for one year at a little over half his projected arb figure of $8M, and 75% of the $6M they gave him last season.

AND, he’ll probably bat 7th this year. Well played, Brian!

Grab some pine, meat.
5 years 6 months ago

He’ll bat 5th

5 years 6 months ago

he’ll most likely hit towards the lower part of the order. the meat of the order ( no pun intended) will likely be huff sandoval derosa molina as the 3-4-5-6 , but really what bochy’s gonna put out is anyone’s guess.

bknight13
5 years 6 months ago

better national league hitting catchers? not to many….

slow down the baseline, but a fan favorite….

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 6 months ago

Going off last years numbers, I’d say Montero, McCann, Yadier, Iannetta, and Baker were all NL catchers who had better seasons.

metfan4ever
5 years 6 months ago

I’m in S Fla, Baker was not an every day C, even in the Marlins eyes, so no, you wrong. McCann is a hitter but not a good receiver. If Yadier is so good, then why did St Louis have to trade for Holiday to bat behind Albert. You can not just look @ #s.

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 6 months ago

Baker played in 112 games, that’s essentially an everyday catcher. McCann’s defense is irrelevant, I am strictly talking about their offense. The Holliday trade does not have anything to do with Yadier. You think if they had Bengie they wouldn’t have traded for Holliday?

norcalalec
5 years 6 months ago

Yadier,Ianetta and Baker ? NO, none were comparable with Molina”s numbers.Nice job Sabean.If you claim they had better seasons. Then you are clueless!

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 6 months ago

Yadier: .293/.366/.477 .337 wOBA
Iannetta: .228/.344/.460 .346 wOBA
Baker: .271/.349/.410 .333 wOBA
McCann: .281/.349/.456 .359 wOBA
Montero: .294/.355/.478 .357 wOBA
Bengie: .265/.285/.442 .308 wOBA

Just looking at the stats, Bengie didn’t have as good an offensive season as the others I mentioned.

nzo43
5 years 6 months ago

How would those catchers numbers have looked if they were batting cleanup for sf last year…with no support in a pitchers park? His numbers are stunted by being forced into a cleanup role in one of the worst lineups in the league. if he was on florida or atlanta last year he would have hit .300 with 25 bombs. and he lowers our team era just by receiving.

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 6 months ago

Ya, clearly his average would have gone up 40 points and he would have hit more homers on a marginaly better offense in Atlanta in another pitchers park. Generally hitting cleanup doesn’t hurt your numbers, it helps them. And it’s not like Molina has a history of being a patient hitter and was overaggressive last year because he hit cleanup, he’s never taken his walks. Regardless, the other players put up better numbers in REALITY, not some made up scenario where Molina is hitting .300. As for him being a better receiver, did you not read the part where I said OFFENSIVE?

nzo43
5 years 6 months ago

Numbers are meaningless without context. And if you don’t understand how hitting in the middle of a horrible lineup would hurt Molinas’s numbers then you a suck at watching sports. Look at his numbers in Toronto. If he were hitting 7th (where he belongs) instead of bieng force into a role as offensive centerpeice (monumental miscasting) he would have hit for a higher average. Still don’t see how being the closest thing to an RBI guy on a team that was lucky to score 3 runs in a game might hurt your offenseive numbers? Ignorant baseball nerds equating numbers with value. Molina is an offensive plus catcher with a wealth of recieving experience. So what he is slow as mud and can’t take a walk… still a valuable and afordable option.

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 6 months ago

I understand that hitting in a weak lineup hurts Molina’s numbers, I’m not an idiot. Obviously his numbers would be better if he was on a good offensive team or a better hitters park. But to say that his average would jump 40 points and he’d hit more homers just because they move him in the lineup is ridiculous. And for the millionth (and hopefully final) time, I never said Molina was a terrible catcher. He’s not. Just like you said, he’s an affordable option and a decent hitting catcher. The only point I was making was that there are far better hitting catchers in the NL, that’s it. You took more out of my comments then was intended (as did several others). Please read everything before you start making assumptions.

bknight13
5 years 6 months ago

quite right. I meant to say free agent…

Grab some pine, meat.
5 years 6 months ago

Molina was the only Type A free agent catcher this off season. ‘Nuff said.

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 6 months ago

So that means he was the best catcher on the FA market, which isn’t saying much. None of the guys I mentioned are free agents.

Grab some pine, meat.
5 years 6 months ago

I realize that none of those players you mentioned are free agents, that’s my point. How would you expect the Giants to obtain any of the catchers you mentioned? If you are merely saying that Benji is not the best hitting catcher in the NL, then I say “Duh” to you sir. What about defense?

The Giants got the best catcher available. Who happened to have been their catcher last year, and who happened to call great games for our pitching staff. It’s not always by the numbers, my friend. Molina adds so much to the Giants that cant be placed in a stat column…

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 6 months ago

And I would agree with all of that. My original comment was a response to someone who said he’s one of the best hitting catchers in the NL, but he later clarified that he meant out of the available free agents.

dodgers_suck
5 years 6 months ago

thank you indeed. he is slow but has great contact and doesn’t have the pressure of being our cleanup hitter anymore so he should put up better numbers in 2010.

kphowes
5 years 6 months ago

i’m still interested to start seeing posey play. i hear its because of his defense, thats not ready for the show yet…

5 years 6 months ago

This move only makes sense if Minaya uses said allocated money towards other assets (bullpen, rotation, 1B)

heater17
5 years 6 months ago

That huge sign of relief is the millions of Mets fans.
Who needs that tub of lard clogging up the bases.
This is a major win for the mets

Grab some pine, meat.
5 years 6 months ago

^ This is a save face move, used by Mets fans to hide the shame in their inability to sign the best catcher on the free agent market.

Not only did I see a bunch of met fans celebrating on signing both Bay and soon Molina about a month ago, but you can watch the Mets MLB videos and hear them talk about how close they are to signing him a day before the Giants snatched him.

Furthermore, get ready for another awesome year in pitching for the Giants because the guy who caught both of Lincecums Cy young seasons is back… and that might be his most valuable weapon. Benji can clog the basepaths in SF anytime.

wright_is_my_boy
5 years 6 months ago

what??

atlbraves312
5 years 6 months ago

YAY.. OR NO.. IDK

ilovetacos
5 years 6 months ago

nooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

5 years 6 months ago

Wow that is some funny as heck. I am glad to see him back. I mean he did catch the Cy Young award winner back to back seasons primarily. I guess that is value you just cannot measure!

icedrake523
5 years 6 months ago

It’s more like the Cy Young Award winner happened to pitch to him.

metfan4ever
5 years 6 months ago

Cy Young winner always have good receivers. That helps them win. Call him fat all you want but he is/was a very good receiver, BUT AT HIS AGE 2009 COULD HAVE BEEN HIS LAST GOOD YR. We still need a C.

prophetjohn
5 years 6 months ago

i know! he is valuable because he had a teammate that is really good! joe thurston sat on the same bench as albert pujols last year! good thing the braves recognized such intangible value before he got away!

vtadave
5 years 6 months ago

yeah Molina made Lincecum, right?

markjsunz
5 years 6 months ago

He is solid, I wish Russell Martin put up his numbers.

TommyL
5 years 6 months ago

6-4-3

55saveslives
5 years 6 months ago

He will not be the cleanup hitter anymore…he will be down 7/8 where he belongs

HummBaby
5 years 6 months ago

Agreed

rootman1010
5 years 6 months ago

i dont think he was referring to the batting order…

im guessing it was more of a “he’s slow and will hit into a lot of double plays”

HummBaby
5 years 6 months ago

Agreed. Altho I too missed the 6-4-3 double play reference lol.

Russell210
5 years 6 months ago

As in 6-4 300 pounds? I think he’s a little shorter

dire straits
5 years 6 months ago

Splash!

ilovetacos
5 years 6 months ago

noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

HummBaby
5 years 6 months ago

Glad we could bring him back on a 1 year deal, stopgap until Posey’s ready. Hopefully he’s working on his speed this offseason.

5 years 6 months ago

If you believe that, there’s a bridge in brooklyn I’d like to sell you. This is a year wasted in AAA for a Posey in favor of an old, slow, one-dimensional hacker with decaying defense who is represents everything endemic in the Giants offensive woes last year.

A waste of $4.5 million.

HummBaby
5 years 6 months ago

A bridge in brooklyn you’d like to sell me. Quit being so melodramatic. Posey hasn’t even called a full season behind the plate. He needs more experience. Btw I like your use of endemic. You and Ralph Barbieri would get along great.

Muggi
5 years 6 months ago

Not to mention the fact he just completed a well below-average winterball campaign.

Posey is going back to AAA because he’s not ready for the bigs.

5 years 6 months ago

Posey’s FALL league campaign came on the tail end of his first full season in the minors, and he was worn out. If you read the reports, scouts agreed that he looked tired, and needed a break. He still has one of the best pure swings of anyone in the minor leagues, and will perform better when he’s well rested. If Posey is lacking in anything, it’s game-calling against major league hitters, which is something he will not get in AAA. Signing some other vagabond veteran catcher at least lets Posey travel with the team to start learning these things. Molina effectively pushes him back to AAA, where he has nothing left to prove and will get lots of practice blocking balls in the dirt from inferior pitchers and throwing out lots of bad base stealers.

If the Giants weren’t ready to start him at the Major League level in 2010, then they would have signed a catcher earlier. With Bochy holding the lineup card, expect another season of an overworked Molina, with the occasional dash of Whiteside. Signing Calero to the bullpen would have been a better deal.

5 years 6 months ago

It’s a well-known expression; I like your use of melodramatic.

Show me some proof that Molina isn’t everything I just pointed out, and I’ll gladly retract my statement.

HummBaby
5 years 6 months ago

I’m actually more interested in the bridge you have for sale to be honest.

mariov44
5 years 6 months ago

I don’t really understand the big deal. The Giants were gonna sign someone. Whether it be Torrealba, or Barajas, or Jose Molina, they were gonna have to pay a little bit. Heck, Pudge got 6 million over two years. Posey isn’t ready. Remember how low in the farm system he started in last season.
I will be the first person to say that Bengie is a below average defensive backstop. Yes, he travels at the speed of smell, but he does do some things well. He hit well in clutch situations. He hit 20 bombs hitting cleanup for a team that sported Randy Winn in the three hole for like half the year. He will hit probably six for SF. And, he does call a decent game.
That lineup wouldn’t be scary, but it’s scarier than the last few seasons.
Oh, PS: Relief pitchers are much, much, much easier to come by than catchers. I like Calero, but they could find a cheaper alternative.

nelson_c
5 years 6 months ago

the only speed bengie will be working on is pie eating speed

HummBaby
5 years 6 months ago

Nelson got the joke. And the pie eating comment made me laugh.

BaseballFan0707
5 years 6 months ago

Why would he have to work on that? He’s probably the champ at it already =)

Ferrariman
5 years 6 months ago

giants got a pretty good offensive line up now

rowand
sanchez
panda
derosa
huff
molina
renteria
schierholtz
pitcher

not amazing..but it could get the job done.

Fredschickenshack
5 years 6 months ago

maybe if your playing in a d3 collegiate league

firealyellon
5 years 6 months ago

yes, if ‘pretty good’ = bottom 5 in all of baseball

vtadave
5 years 6 months ago

That may be the most uninspiring lineup outside of San Diego…

A leadoff man who gets on base 32% of the time, a #2 man who will hit an empty .290 and draw just a handful of walks, an ALL-STAR type at 3B, a very uninspiring middle of the order, and three automatic outs.

BrianWillsave
5 years 6 months ago

Buster Posey rookie of the year 2011.

sfgyyt
5 years 6 months ago

HA take that mets fans!!!

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

Gladly!

Mickeyblue
5 years 6 months ago

Wow if this and the Delgado rumor are true then I wonder what direction the Mets are going now.

icedrake523
5 years 6 months ago

Molina sucks. His defense is overrated, he’s living off his reputation. His hitting is awful. 285 OBP is pathetic. Even the sabremetrics whipping boy Juan Pierre has a better OBP than that.

Delgado is a DH at this point in his career. He’s useless to the Mets if he can’t play 1B.

Sampsonite168
5 years 6 months ago

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OH GOD YES!!!!!!! Such a wonderful day for Mets fans!!!! Thank you so much Giants!!!!!

RiverKKiller999
5 years 6 months ago

LOL…

MorrisParkMetfan
5 years 6 months ago

He really does not like NY .I am sure Omar will try again next off season

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

What for? Thole might well be ready by then!

drumzalicious
5 years 6 months ago

WOW lol.

If its true Delgado signed with the Blue Jays then the Mets are upset today.

They should have signed LaRoche.

Lincecum_Says_GSP
5 years 6 months ago

they should get Branyan

Wolfbane
5 years 6 months ago

No Mets fan is upset about Molina… in fact, it’s the exact opposite, we’re rejoicing..

As for Delgado… eh.

drumzalicious
5 years 6 months ago

was more referring to the organization. Do they really need a top 10 catcher though? They have Reyes, Bay, Beltran, and Wright thats a pretty good core for their offense and the others arent exactly slouches