Mets Close To Signing Bengie Molina

The Mets are "close" to signing Bengie Molina, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (via Twitter). The Mets have been connected to Molina all offseason, but seem reluctant to guarantee him two years. Molina, who was looking for a three-year deal, is willing to sign a two-year contract, according to Morosi.

The 35-year-old catcher hit .265/.285/.442 for the Giants last year, hitting 20 homers. Molina's career .308 OBP is nothing special and he throws out fewer baserunners than he did when he was winning Gold Gloves in the early 2000s, but he is durable. Molina appeared in 132 games last year, up from his average of 121 for the decade.


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49 Comments on "Mets Close To Signing Bengie Molina"


twenty1thirteen
5 years 7 months ago

Who saw that coming?

cderry
5 years 7 months ago

I know right…a Molina catching? Pfft.

moses0507
5 years 7 months ago

The Mets will be a joke again without Beltran.

dreamer3kx
5 years 7 months ago

Mets didnt have their whole team last year, not just one player. This is a great move, the guy can play ball, he’s very good with pitchers and good defensively and has pop in the bottom of the lineup, good move here.

Suzysman
5 years 7 months ago

Assuming they are giving a fairly large multiple year deal, this is probably a bad idea.

Infield Fly
5 years 7 months ago

The buzz is 2 yrs OR 1 yr + some sort of option.

5 years 7 months ago

Hopefully, MLB is ‘close’ to a designated runner rule. Love Bengie but he runs like a major appliance.

Sampsonite168
5 years 7 months ago

For the love of God no more than 1 guaranteed year.

TheFilibuster
5 years 7 months ago

This is a good deal, the Mets need him and will get him at a deal that he would not of accepted several months ago (evidenced by the fact that he tested FA market since the Giants wouldn’t offer him a 3 year deal)

5 years 7 months ago

Molina is done. I mean, when was the last time someone signed with the Mets and had a good season? I’m just asking… This is where players go to basically suck.

Will32
5 years 7 months ago

Good riddence, Bengie. Take all that “pride”, which is just complaining, to New York.

EvilEmpireMember
5 years 7 months ago

Bengie is over the hill and fat. This will not end well.

surfinyousay
5 years 7 months ago

Sure glad that I’m not a Mets fan! I’d want to puke if my team signed a .285 OBP player to a 2 year deal for any amount

5 years 7 months ago

As a Mets fan, I think this is a waste of money. However, if it’s a one year deal, I can certainly stomach a slight upgrade in power at the catching position. He offers little else – I think that “managing pitching staffs” is severely overrated.

If they can get Piniero for 2 years 15 mil and Molina for 1, then it’s a great offseason. Kudos for Minaya for staying patient and waiting out on players without any leverage. Piniero for 2 years 15 mil would be a great signing, Bay was a good signing, and Igarashi and Escobar were excellent pickups.

Mule
5 years 7 months ago

I would bet on a 2 year deal, or maybe one plus an easily reached second. And I don’t think that’s really a bad thing. I know a lot of Met fans are very high on Thole, but while the numbers look good, the scouting just doesn’t agree. When it comes to evaluation potential talent I still have some faith in the men with the clipboards. Also, Met fans have been spoiled, Gary Carter and Mike Piazza are all time greats, catchers like that don’t come along every day. Molina is a decent everyday catcher, and that’s more then a lot of teams can expect.

Infield Fly
5 years 7 months ago

I don’t expect Bengie to save the world, but I don’t expect he will cause it to end either. At this point, I’ll take what I can get in him, and if he can add some offense while managing the pitching staff maybe that will help make up for some of what the Mets won’t be getting from Beltrán’s bat any time soon – strikeouts notwithstanding. At this point, I gotta be optimistic about something!

icedrake523
5 years 7 months ago

The only good that will come out of this is the people who want him on the Mets will see how horrible he is. Of course they’ll be saying this was a horrible signing by Omar despite wanting it to happen.

5 years 7 months ago

With a .308 career OBP and a .285 OBP last year its surprising he hasn’t been turned into a backup catcher, those numbers certainly warrant it. I guess his power has some value. The Mets really need to find a long term solution at catcher, because Bengie Molina doesn’t appear to be it.

nostocksjustbonds
5 years 7 months ago

oh please. oh please. oh please. oh please. oh please.

5 years 7 months ago

The Mets look like a franchise in disarray. They’re just adding more additions to the house knowing full well that the structure will collapse eventually.

Mets fans are so worried about injuries, but what they should be worried about is what to do when everyones healthy but they still only win 70-75 games.

icedrake523
5 years 7 months ago

Let’s see them win only 70-75 games first. It’s hard to think of a team in recent memory that was as snake bitten with injuries as the Mets were last year. It’s not as though they only won 70 games with Santana, Reyes, Beltran, Delgado, and Putz the whole year.

NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 7 months ago

Can’t say it wont be interesting watching the Mets this year. All I can say is, once again the NL EAST looks like a beast at the beginning of the year compared to other NL Divisions. We’ll see if that keeps up, unlike last year.

5 years 7 months ago

I agree. Molina would be a nice addition to round out the roster, but their pitching is horrendous and there might be 3 better teams in their own division.

metsman
5 years 7 months ago

Beltran will be back in full swing by May, This signing is great for the Mets; the best FA catching option by far and his game calling being “overrated” sounds like BS negitive talk from the same people always down on the Mets. If we get Degado back, Wrights return to form has more to do with the Mets future than Beltran missing a month. Pagan will fill in nicely providing great defensive coverage, speed on the bases and batting average while Beltran is gone, I think the guy even has underrated power but we’ll see. I invite this good news, Piniero and Degado and we are ready to compete, anything else is icing on the cake!

Dave_Davidson
5 years 7 months ago

I think people are always down on the mets because they keep gagging in spite of a monster budget.

5 years 7 months ago

Too bad performance based incentives are illegal. If they weren’t, I’d sign Molina to a 1 year contract for 1 million with a player option for the next season worth 20 million if he can get 200 PA while maintaining an OBP over 0.350… 😉

jdkladsjl
5 years 7 months ago

I dont understand why molina doesnt lose weight? I mean the slowest player in baseball lol

5 years 7 months ago

…well its a good thing they didnt trade angel pagan !