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Rays bring back Jose Molina for two years, $4.5 million

Nov 24, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

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Jose Molina‘s ability to frame pitches will keep him in the league for at least another couple of years. According to Jon Heyman of, he and the Rays have come to terms on a two-year, $4.5 million contract.

The 38-year-old Molina doesn’t bring much else to the table at this point. He hit .228/.288/.318 with 10 homers and 50 RBI over 201 games in his first two seasons with the Rays. In 2013, there were a career-high 56 steals on his watch, though he did catch a respectable 29 percent of runners. He also tied his personal high of eight passed balls and finished with the second highest total of wild pitches allowed (33) in his career.

But, again, he sure can frame a pitch, and thanks to the gullibility of umpires league-wide, that apparently has enough value to make up for everything he no longer does very well.

The Rays’ plan will again be to have Molina and Jose Lobaton split time fairly evenly behind the plate. Molina started 87 games at catcher last season and 80 in 2012.

  1. missthedayswhenwedidnthavetologin - Nov 24, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    It’s not a Matty Pouliot post unless he’s being derogatory. Vintage!

    • garythebat - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      At this point they should just officially substitute his name with “Troll” in the byline. If you’re going to be a miserable bastard, at least have a sense of humor about it.

  2. cowboysoldiertx - Nov 24, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Hey its not easy not being able to hit your weight, or even throw out Billy Butler!

    • buddaley - Nov 24, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      His CS% is slightly better than league average. It has been declining, but he still throws out a decent % of runners. And in any case, CS% is often not entirely due to the catcher. In this case, the Rays are not known for keeping runners particularly close-except perhaps for Hellickson.

  3. etchedchaos - Nov 24, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    So all you have to do is frame pitches well and the Rays will give you 4.5mill over two years? Where do I sign-up?

  4. hittfamily - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    The Rays’ AL dominance these past 6 years has been fun to watch, but it’s coming to an end soon if they fail to capitalize on Price. Their farm is so barren of offensive talent, they have to spend 1/8 of their yearly payroll for David Dejesus and Jose Molina. For some reason, they are great at grading out prospects in other team’s farm systems, but absolutely awful at grading amateurs. For all the talk of Ray’s homegrown talent, it isn’t homegrown. They haven’t developed a decent hitter….ever. Longo and Jennings are the only 2 regulars who were drafted by the Rays. Longo was MLB ready out of college, and Jennings is a bad hitter, but is decent for the position he plays.

    It is beyond time to fire some scouts, because I’m tired of losing the team’s 2nd best player year after year because we can’t draft a decent player for 6 consecutive years, and have to sign the Jose Molina’s and Davd Dejesus’ of the world.

    • sincitybonobo - Nov 25, 2013 at 7:06 AM

      Fair criticism. They used an organizational strength to steal Wil Myers, but that’s unlikely to happen again.

  5. moogro - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Wait, you guys in the U.S. have humans call balls and strikes? What’s up with that?

  6. steve7921 - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Blackmail…that is the only reasonable explanation on why JoMo has been re-signed

    p.s. They must be really good to get $4.5 million.

  7. brucewayne3561 - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Also, I’d like to ask Brad Zeigler if he thought it was ok for his ex 3rd base coach Matt Williams to sign a big fat contract with his new team? He’s a proven steroid user/abuser & Im sure that there are other players in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization & players on the current 40 man roster that would test positive today! Does he think tots ok for them to sign a big contract & to get paid millions too? What a hypocrite he is! Ask him to be the first in line for a piss test on the first day of spring training next spring! See how that plays out! I’ll believe it when I see it!

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