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“Heck yeah” Bengie Molina would step in for Buster Posey … if the Giants will have him back

May 27, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

Bengie Molina AP

Matthew examined the Giants’ various options to replace Buster Posey behind the plate, noting that bringing back Bengie Molina was an iffy proposition because the hefty 36-year-old “didn’t seem to have a whole left last year” and was “awfully immobile behind the plate.”

Molina, as you might expect, is very much open to the idea of a reunion, telling Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News “heck yeah” when asked if he’d be ready to play for the Giants again.

However, as Baggarly notes “he’d probably need a few weeks in the minors first to get in game shape” and “has not received a call from the Giants and he’s not expecting one because he perceives hard feelings from the front office at how his tenure ended.”

Eli Whiteside is no one’s idea of a starting catcher, but his .229 batting average and .644 OPS in 129 career games is basically identical to Molina hitting .249 with a .623 OPS in 118 games for the Giants and Rangers last season.

From the Giants’ point of view, Molina probably isn’t worth the hassle.

  1. mrfloydpink - May 27, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Huh. I thought the GIants had taken Molina out back of the barn at the end of last season and put a bullet in his head.

  2. Chris K - May 27, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    What’s Gregg Zaun up to between Jays games?

    • cur68 - May 27, 2011 at 11:38 AM

      Weight lifting if the tightness of his suits are anything to go buy. I’m amazed he can still turn his head, his neck has got so big.

  3. ThatGuy - May 27, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    The Twins will trade Drew Butera straight up for Eli Whiteside

  4. cur68 - May 27, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    I’m going out and changing my name to “Molina”; Cur “El Gaucho” Molina, their bastard brother. I reckon I can run faster than any Molina created the old fashioned way, and, with some BP, probably out hit them too. As for the catching; well just being named “Molina” should take care of that.

  5. seanmk - May 27, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    @commonman suggested they trade for pudge. that sounds too logical to actually happen

  6. bigdickjimmy - May 27, 2011 at 1:42 PM

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