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Postby Havok1517 » Thu Dec 08, 2005 11:57 pm

Mathis is the guy In LAA

Atl=McMann
NYM=Loduca/Castro
Phi=Lieberthal
Fla=Willingham (Ouch)
Was=Schneider

Pit=They have a ton of young capable cathers
ChC=Barrett
Stl=Brother Molina
Cin=Larue (though he's gone after this year)
Mil=Moeller/Miller
Hou=? (Ausmus)

SF=Matheny
Col=Closser/Torrealba
Ari=Estrada
LAD=Navarro/Phillips
SD=Olivio/Milli

NYY=Posada/Flan
Bos=Varitek
Bal=Hernandez/Javy
TB=Hall (though they are trading him)
Tor=Zaun, but will be replaced by Q soon

Det=Ivan/Wilson
Cle=Martinez
ChW=AJ/Widger
KC=Buck/Bako
Min=Mauer

LAA=Mathis/Brother Molina
Oak=Kendall
Tex=Barajas
Sea=Jojima


I think Molina could be a fit for Houston if they don't resign Ausmus. But more than likely he pushes one of these other guys out of a starting position. Washington maybe, FLa needs a good catcher, but..alas not gonna happen. Aside from that I think Zaun is the worse offensive catcher there and have heard that Quiroz has regressed and they have rethought the idea of him being their catcher of the future. So I'll say either Houson or Ausmus.
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Postby rlee » Fri Dec 09, 2005 7:22 pm

After looking at Havok's fine work ;-D , the only possibility I see is the Dodgers. They're not happy with Phillips and I don't think they're 100% sold on Navarro. Other than that, TB?? But they have to trade Hall first, and who would want/need him? I think Bengie screwed up bigtime :-X
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Postby BritSox » Fri Dec 09, 2005 7:28 pm

Might he do an IRod style one year deal somewhere?
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Postby quietstorm » Fri Dec 09, 2005 7:37 pm

He's not as good as Pudge, so I just don't see that happening, at least not in the same context. Maybe a short stint as a backup/stopgag in a volatile catching situation.
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Postby Phatferd » Fri Dec 09, 2005 7:56 pm

If Hall is traded, maybe he ends up in TB? Good catcher for their young arms and Maddon knows him really well.

Makes you wonder? I dont think they are willing to pay him what he has asked for, but if he is forced to lower his price, I can see this happening.
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Postby Another Blown Save » Fri Dec 09, 2005 8:01 pm

He should sign a 1-year deal with a team. There are many FA cathers at the end of 06 season, and he should be able to sign a long term contract then.
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Postby Halo Homers » Sat Dec 10, 2005 8:46 pm

One year deal seems like what he'll have to do. Dodgers just signed Alomar, so that looks like its closed to Bengie.

Looks like Houston, Pittsburgh, Toronto. Don't count the Yanks out of this either. Posada is a defensive liability, Molina could fit well there.

In addition to being a plus offensive catcher, he throws out a lot of baserunners. Can't imagine someone not offereing him a 1 yr deal.
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Postby CubsFan7724 » Sat Dec 10, 2005 9:23 pm

quietstorm wrote:I just don't see Molina succeeding anywhere. He'll get signed, but he's riding a reputation as a defensive catcher and riding the media spotlight on the "Molina Brothers."

He was a pretty solid hitter. 69 RBI, .295 avg , 45 R, .782 OPS in 410 AB. He'll get a job somewhere. There are worse starting catchers out there.
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Postby RynMan » Sat Dec 10, 2005 10:26 pm

I'd say LA. They won't be afraid to show that they are "serious about winning", and throw a boatload of cash at him in the process.
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Postby Surfs up » Sat Dec 10, 2005 10:30 pm

He does have a history of being injured. He had leg problems last year. Not good being a catcher. At least last year he could DH and take a break from Catching and still have his bat in the lineup. He is clutch with men in scoring posistion. If they can get 400-425 at bats from him they will have a very good catcher.
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