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Blue Jays fight off Rangers for … Jose Molina

Feb 19, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

Earlier this week multiple reports had the Rangers interested in Jose Molina, with Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram calling him the team’s “No. 1 target” at catcher, but this afternoon the 35-year-old signed with the Blue Jays.
Molina gets $400,000 guaranteed and another $400,000 if he makes the Opening Day roster, and the Blue Jays will have a $1.2 million team option on him for 2011. After backing up Jorge Posada in New York for the past two-plus seasons Molina will be John Buck’s understudy in Toronto, likely getting just 1-2 starts per week barring an injury.
In other words, it seems unlikely that he chose Toronto over Texas because of playing time, so either the Rangers offered their supposed “No. 1 target” less than $800,000 or he just really likes Canada. His brother Bengie Molina spent 2006 in Toronto, so perhaps he passed along some good words about Tim Hortons and maybe even the city or team.

  1. Joey B - Feb 19, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    I hate the NYY with a passion, but if I were teaching someone how to catch, I’d just give them a video of Molina. I think he’ll make a great backup even if he doesn’t hit at all.

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