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The Rays sign Jose Molina

Nov 28, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

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This has been a long time coming — it was first reported a couple of weeks ago — but the Rays have finally signed Jose Molina. It’s a one-year deal for $1.8 million with a club option.

Of course, when this was first reported, Molina was supposed to be John Jaso‘s backup.  Jaso was traded to Seattle last night.  If they’re interested in defense-first, Molina is a great option. But he has only caught 100 games in a season once in his career, so the Rays are still likely to snag another catcher. Ramon Hernandez? Go all-in with Robinson Chirinos?

Hard to say, but now that there’s a Molina there, there is some semblance of stability. I mean, that’s what Molinas do.

  1. phukyouk - Nov 28, 2011 at 10:23 AM


  2. cur68 - Nov 28, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Well, so long Jose Molina. Gonna miss that guy as a Beaver Wrestler. He’ll be pretty happy there in Florida, I bet. Look for Jose to have a great season in 2012.

  3. APBA Guy - Nov 28, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    This should be a terrific upgrade for the Rays pitchers behind the plate.

    • hittfamily - Nov 28, 2011 at 1:40 PM

      The David Price/James Shields/Matt Moore/ Jeremy Hellickson Cy Young watch begins today!!!!

      AL East: You got Molina’d

  4. freeagentsignee - Nov 28, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    As a Yankee fan, I must say, the Rays made a good move signing this guy to backup Posada at catcher. He has a gun for an arm and some slight power.

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