The Cardinals would like to have a backup catcher signed by the end of the Winter Meetings, writes Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. GM John Mozeliak declined to discuss specific names, though the club has known interest in Gregg Zaun. Goold informs us that St. Louis has discussed another interesting option — current catcher Yadier Molina's older brother, Bengie Molina.
Bengie, 35, had one of his worst seasons, hitting just .249/.297/.326 in 416 plate appearances between the Giants and Rangers. It marked the first season in which he didn't post an OPS of at least .717 since 2002, and his five homers on the season tied for a career low. He did show some life with a huge postseason, in which he hit .293/.341/.488 with two home runs, albeit in a small sample size of 41 plate appearances.
Earlier tonight, we heard that Bengie is on the fence about whether or not to play in 2011. My own speculation, but perhaps the allure of teaming up with his younger brother would be enough to convince him to play, should the Cardinals decide to get serious about the idea. The Rockies expressed interest in Molina over the weekend as well.