Rays, Jose Molina Nearing One-Year Deal

The Rays are close to signing catcher Jose Molina to a one-year contract with an option for 2013, Major League sources tell Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com.

Molina, 36, is a 12-year veteran who spent the past four-plus seasons in the AL East with the Yankees and Blue Jays as a backup. A defense-first catcher (redundant, I know), Molina is a career .241/.286/.344 hitter, although he posted a .281/.342/.415 line in 2011 with Toronto, albeit in 191 plate appearances.

The Rays went with a catching platoon in 2011, divvying up playing time pretty evenly between Kelly Shoppach and John Jaso. Shoppach, a free agent, will presumably sign elsewhere this offseason, according to Morosi, so Molina could perhaps take his place in that time-share, barring any other moves by Tampa Bay for a catcher.

Molina is a Type B free agent, so the Blue Jays will receive a supplemental first-round pick for losing him.


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72 Comments on "Rays, Jose Molina Nearing One-Year Deal"


Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 9 months ago

YAWN

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 9 months ago

Cover your mouth, please.

joeybw
3 years 9 months ago

A Molina for a young staff? Friedman makes another genius move.

Sniderlover
3 years 9 months ago

I’ll miss him. Good luck in Tampa!

BlueJayMatt
3 years 9 months ago

The epitome of a good back-up catcher. Always played well, happy to have the role he had – good luck in Tampa.

Thanks for the year and thanks for the pick.

joeybw
3 years 9 months ago

He is great at framing pitches which will help the guys who work the corners(Hellickson, Davis, Cobb) and you do not run on Molina’s.

Awesome. Just wish he could hit.

Onetimeaccount
3 years 9 months ago

draysbay had it at 4:58pm

John McFadin
3 years 9 months ago

I would hope so, considering they only follow the Rays…….  Do you think MLBTR breaks all this news first or something?  Isn’t if obvious based on the link they provide with every post that they basically scour all baseball sites and get the information posted here?

Onetimeaccount
3 years 9 months ago

I was talking about how the article they linked to that was posted at 6:25pm.

3 years 9 months ago

Great move. Wish the Angels had signed him… 

3 years 9 months ago

I liked him when he was on the Yanks. Glad to see people realize he is a very good catcher. 

3 years 9 months ago

I hoped he would join his brother Yadi in St. Louis.

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

Theres always Bengie.

BeisbolJunkie
3 years 9 months ago

I bet my son $1 that he wod for sure sign with STL and back up Yadi. Brilliant move. He was always catching Rays stealing. So now that he’s on their side, that’s 1 less opposing defensive threat holding them on. I love it when he throws out former Yankee teammates. They underestimate him everytime. Plus he’s great @ getting Carl Crawford out too. Not to mention all the scouting intelligence he has on the other AL EAST rivals.

philliesfan136
3 years 9 months ago

Nice move by TB. Wish the Phillies would’ve got him.

3 years 9 months ago

When are the Orioles going to make a move! I think they need to go with Doumit, but is he worth the money. He would provide a lot of flexibility.. to me it’s worth it. To the Orioles who knows?

And congrats Molina, you got yourself a good team in Tampa.

John McFadin
3 years 9 months ago

I understand Doumit could DH (and maybe OF?) and I don’t follow the Orioles at all, but Doumit’s primary position is C, and I’m guessing there just might be someone blocking him?  I bet Doumit looks for a starting job before signing as a backup C for a team with an amazing young C.

expos94
3 years 9 months ago

whose going to catch brandon morrow now???

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 9 months ago

Obviously Morrow will be traded to the Rays.

joeybw
3 years 9 months ago

lol, why not, we have like 9 mlb ready SP’s anyway, what’s one more?

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 9 months ago

10! :)

expos94
3 years 9 months ago

only logical thing to do lol

3 years 9 months ago

The almost as highly defensively regarded Brian Jeroloman

expos94
3 years 9 months ago

i don’t know about that it will probably end up being JP because there is nothing to suggest that jeroloman will have the same chemistry with morrow that Molina had. 

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

Molina is just a better defensive catcher, thats all. There was no extra chemistry, he’s just better defensively

The only problem is that Jeroloman swings a water noodle 

expos94
3 years 9 months ago

no there was look back to morrow’s comments he said that he and molina got each other. when cito was here he talked about it all the time. 
http://www.thestar.com/sports/baseball/article/1028019–when-a-pitcher-meets-his-match

UncleCharles
3 years 9 months ago

The same Jeroloman that just got claimed?.

riverite10
3 years 9 months ago

Do the Blue Jays get a draft pick for him?

3 years 9 months ago

Yes, but only if the type B compensation system stays the same in the new CBA (for this off-season, at least)

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 9 months ago

I hope so.

3 years 9 months ago

needs jays rumour tag

kräftig. entschieden
3 years 9 months ago

Friedman obviously went out and got a Molina because it guarantees a WS berth…

Cavman_Boland
3 years 9 months ago

Jose Molina actually gets way too much credit as a defensive catcher. The guy doesn’t move to nlock balls in the dirt, he just swipes at it with his glove.

diesel2410
3 years 9 months ago

FINALLY!!! A catcher who can throw out runners!!!!

bacon_bitz
3 years 9 months ago

To be fair, Kelly Shoppach actually was better than Molina at throwing out runners last year.

Tylocke22
3 years 9 months ago

Shuldve resigned Kelly Shoppach

esteban_none_a_loaiza
3 years 9 months ago

no

Tylocke22
3 years 9 months ago

Shuldve resigned Kelly Shoppach

esteban_none_a_loaiza
3 years 9 months ago

no

Tylocke22
3 years 9 months ago

Shuldve resigned Kelly Shoppach

esteban_none_a_loaiza
3 years 9 months ago

no

John McFadin
3 years 9 months ago

They should have resigned Kelly Shoppach, dammit!