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Maybe Molina just didn't want to play for the Mets

Jan 20, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT’s Matthew Cerrone wrote an interesting article about Bengie Molina’s surprising decision to return to the Giants yesterday after seemingly being all but signed with the Mets.
Molina inked a one-year, $4.5 million deal with San Francisco, but Cerrone reports that New York’s offer–which was made in mid-December–included $1 million more in salary for this season and a player option for 2011. So why would a 35-year-old catcher who didn’t draw a ton of interest as a free agent spurn a more lucrative multi-year offer?

In talking with a few people around baseball, it sounds to me like Bengie Molina always wanted to return to the Giants, or are at least he wanted play with a team on the West Coast. Also, as the offseason moved on, Molina became more and more skeptical of playing in New York. I had some people suggest he might have become leery of fan and media criticism, while another person speculated he was scared off by how Carlos Beltran’s surgery was communicated in the press, saying, “Players talk.”

There was similar speculation about Jason Bay’s lack of interest in the Mets, except for Bay at least more money and more years eventually won out and he signed a four-year, $66 million deal with New York. Of course, as Cerrone notes most Mets fans weren’t all that keen on signing Molina in the first place and they might be better off turning their attention to Yorvit Torrealba or even going with some combination of Henry Blanco, Omir Santos, and Josh Thole behind the plate for a fraction of the cost.

  1. Dan - Jan 20, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    “Maybe Molina just didn’t want to play for the Mets”
    You’re assesment is dead on correct

  2. Jonny5 - Jan 20, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Well since they are destined to be losers and all, I’ll buy it!

  3. Old Gator - Jan 20, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Where would I prefer to be underpaid and disrespected – New Yawk or The City? Hmmmm. Once a no-brainer, it’s become a more difficult question now that Jerry is gone, hasn’t it?

  4. TimberLee - Jan 20, 2010 at 3:12 PM


  5. moreflagsmorefun - Jan 20, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    The Mets should stick to signing Latino Players like Jason Bay

  6. TSI431 - Jan 20, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    As a Mets fan all I can say is thank GOD. I couldn’t imagine having Delgado and Molina on the base paths at the same time.
    As for Molina, this is probably your last year of playing and you turn down an extra million dollars. I bet your wife is pissed off.

  7. Jonny5 - Jan 20, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    Yeah right, I’m sure she’s steaming over it. The already millionaire will now be living in sunny Cali instead of s#%t hole NYC….. LMAO!!!

  8. common sense - Jan 20, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Do we really need you to post a blog about metsblog’s take on the NOT SO surprising speculation of why Molina re-signed with the Giants? Are the Mets baseball’s version of America’s Team? I cant explain the enormous amount of Mets posts from non-Mets sites.

  9. kirk - Jan 20, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Congratulations to Omar Minaya. Job Well Done! Nothing like not signing a guy who actually wanted to play for the Mets. I am glad the Mets will have an offensive drain at the Catcher position this season, and a defensive catcher who knows how to guide a lousy (Santana – Exception) pitching staff. Boy, I guess Santos will really be soooo helpful to Oliver Perez. This is gonna make me run out and buy a ticket package.
    Omar, for all of your wisdom, guidance, and leadership, I make this bold prediction, your creation will win 66 Games this year, and the Mets will reside in fourth place again. If the Nationals did not stink so bad, I would say last place. If Bay gets hurt by May 03, 2010, than last place is an absolute possibilty.

  10. Hot Rod - Jan 20, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Stop crying like babies. If Molina did not wanna play for the Mets, as it is obvious he signed a undermined contract with Giants, most likely he would not play to win for the Mets. Better use the money to sign a good pitcher that can go the mile along with Santana. The closer and step up man is by far solved with the 2 boys signed this year to join K-Rod. Mets needs to fire couple adm guys and soon it would be ready to challenge Fillis (like it did for last 4 years when Santana, K-Rod, and Bay were not in the team). At the middle of the season Mets should jump and get what it is needed for a Championship. Mets may not look as the best team, but with Santana, (Sheets or Pineiro), K-Rod, Bay, Write, Beltran, Reyes, Castillo (he has a bad 2008 but solid 2009) all playing to win it is far away from a losser team boys. Be ready to a surprisely Rock and Rock year.

  11. Traveling Man - Jan 20, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    Another setback for the Amazin and now that Pineiro has signed with the Angels, expect a third place finish from this team, with the duo of Santos and Blanco as your battery looking good.

  12. tsi431 - Jan 21, 2010 at 7:41 AM

    It only takes a look at the NL champs Phillies to show you a catcher doesn’t make as much difference as you may think. Carlos Ruiz is not a good defensive catcher and hits just as bad as Blanco. It didn’t seem to hurt the overage Phillies very much. Take out Howard, Ibanez, and Utley. Then they are the Mets of 2009. Remember, we had our top 3 players out on the DL most of the year. While only missing the playoffs by one game in the previous 2 seasons, and making it in the previous year. Granted the Mets won’t win the division this year, but a wild card is definitely possible.

  13. Jonny5 - Jan 21, 2010 at 8:30 AM

    Are you paying attention?? Ruiz is one of the better defensive catchers in basebal you dope!!!! The only reason he doesn’t draw a huge salary is because of his offense. You need to do your homework.
    Seriously he threw out 23 guys trying to steal and was in contention for the NLCS MVP last season.

  14. denny - Jan 21, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    Jonny5 is right about this one, tsi. Plus, two of your arguments are questionable. The “take out Howard, Ibanez, and Utley thing” is understandable, given that the three best Mets players were on the DL; but nobody’s saying that Ruiz or Blanco or Molina or any catcher would be expected to carry a team in that situation. Second – and I hate to harp on it, but I am a Phillies fan – the Mets didn’t just “miss the playoffs by one game” in the the previous two seasons: they folded like a tent. Up 7 with 17 to go in ’07 and losing by a game, and up 3 1/2 with 16 to go in ’08 and losing by three games – these are epic collapses, both of which happened with no major guys on the DL. So, I agree with you the choice of catchers doesn’t matter a ton, but there’s no evidence to bolster the argument that the Mets are gonna be just fine this year.
    Another thought – Torrealba would be a decent pickup, if for no other reason than he kills the Phillies in big situations (see the ’07 and ’09 division series). As such, we can probably rest assured the Minaya will go with another option :)

  15. rmu - Jan 21, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Thank God that he turned down the Mets. That’s all we needed was a 35+ year old catcher just waiting to break down (with the rest of the team)

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