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Rangers acquire Bengie Molina for Chris Ray and PTBNL

Jun 30, 2010, 10:08 PM EDT

The Rangers have completed a deal for veteran catcher Bengie Molina.

10:08 PM:  Scott Boeck of USA Today reports that the deal is done, and the Giants will receiver reliever Chris Ray and a player to be named later for the veteran Molina.  Let the Buster Posey era begin.

9:12 PM:  Now Morosi says that the Giants will not be getting either Davis or Saltalamacchia in the deal.  So, uh, scratch that thought.

8:33 PM:  Jon Paul Morosi of reports that the Giants and Rangers are working toward a deal that would land veteran catcher Bengie Molina in Texas.  According to Morosi’s source, the trade could be finalized within the next 24 hours.

Molina is off to a disappointing start this season in San Francisco with a .257/.312/.332 batting line, three home runs and 17 RBI over 202 at-bats.  His power would be better showcased in the Rangers’ cozy ballpark and moving him would allow the Giants to free up playing time for impressive youngster Buster Posey.

Morosi has been given no indication as to who the Giants might be targeting from Texas, but  first basemen Chris Davis and Jarrod Saltalamacchia have been mentioned as possible trade pieces and either would make sense.

  1. t ball - Jun 30, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    No, neither Davis nor Saltalamacchia would make sense for an aging catcher having a piss poor season.

  2. tda - Jun 30, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    it wasn’t that long ago that texas had saltalamacchia, teagarden, and laird from which to pick their catcher of the future. now they’re dealing for a molina? what went wrong? how didn’t they convert that troika into a starter?

  3. Boo Hoo Florio picked on your team - GET OVER IT - Jun 30, 2010 at 11:54 PM

    Quality of their prior catchers not-withstanding, Molina is a decent “get” for the Rangers considering what they have given up so far.

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