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Rays working to re-sign Jose Molina

Nov 21, 2013, 3:48 PM EDT

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Tampa Bay signed Jose Molina in 2012, at age 37, and gave him the most playing time of his career. He didn’t hit much, posting a .616 OPS in two seasons to more or less match his career norms, but the Rays love his defense behind the plate.

And now Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that they’re working to re-sign Molina, likely to a two-year contract. That would cover his age-39 and age-40 seasons, although in Molina’s case it’s not like he’s at any danger of losing speed and athleticism.

As long as he can catch–and most importantly frame the hell out of pitches–he’ll add value.

  1. umrguy42 - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    I forget – is Jose one of the Molina brothers, or is he the Molina who’s NOT one of the brothers?

  2. nsstlfan - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Yes he is one of the catching Molina brothers

  3. NYTolstoy - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    He’s one of the Molina brothers. This guy’s framing and defense is so under valued and really shows the many jobs of a catcher. I love Molina and even though he can’t hit very well, defensively he makes up for it and helps the pitching staff tremendously. Having so many young pitchers like the Rays do, it is important to have a guy behind the base to control the pitches, when necessary keep the young guns calm and make the pitches that might be balls called strikes. Rays see the value of Molina and rather keep him with the lack of power for as long as possible to help mold those young arms.

  4. crnvic847 - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    This is going to be a problem when the Rays travel to National League parks. They’re basically going to have two pitchers hitting at the bottom of that lineup.

    • kruegere - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      Unlike the Cardinals with Kozma.

  5. connormyboy - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Why don’t they resign Pena while their at it and have 2 guys that play defense and can’t hit worth a crap

  6. sengelhart1986 - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Molina is one of the best defensive catchers out there especially in his price range, He has world series experience, and wouldn’t hurt having around to help guide Lobo a little bit longer. I’m sure there is something that can come out of rotating with a member of the best catching recent family in MLB history for a couple of years straight. Can he hit? Not like we would like but imo its better keeping what we have than risking something new. People are crying like he wasn’t on the team last year when we made it to the post season. I’m sure he wont hold us back next year either. Are there better catchers out available? Of coarse but as long as the $ is right i’m sure there are also way worse choises

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  8. therealvman - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Good guy and probably a good mentor, but he adds ZERO VALUE on the field. In his younger days, MAYBE he WAS a good defensive catcher. Anyone that saw as many Rays games as I did last year will tell you that’s far from true now. As long as the staff is throwing strikes, he’ll catch 99%+ of them, but that percentage goes down on balls not over the zone, and I’m not talking about wild pitches either. He played 87 games during the regular season last year, and had a whopping 18 RBIs. That speaks volumes. I don’t remember a clutch hit in a close game, but do remember many strike outs, and with a man on first less than 2 outs, you could almost rest assured a double play would happen, especially in a close game or when we were needing to mount a comeback. Slow is one thing, but lack of hustle on top of that is infuriating to Rays fans. Moilna is a liability all around if in the lineup. Keep him as a coach, as that’s the only way he can add any positive value.

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