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Postby RocketsDWM » Sat Dec 10, 2005 10:31 pm

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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.


He basically carried the Angels in the Yanks series. I am sure a team can use his great defensive skills and occasional power hitting.
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Postby OhMrScottyTrav06 » Sat Dec 10, 2005 10:33 pm

I'm surprised the Angels didn't offer him arbitration. I mean Jeff Mathis isn't exactly ready IMO... he still needs a year in limited spots to show wha he can do... giving him the starting job is boggling to me while they could have Bengie for another year at a 6-7 million price tag.
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Postby Phatferd » Sat Dec 10, 2005 11:05 pm

OhMrScottyTrav06 wrote:I'm surprised the Angels didn't offer him arbitration. I mean Jeff Mathis isn't exactly ready IMO... he still needs a year in limited spots to show wha he can do... giving him the starting job is boggling to me while they could have Bengie for another year at a 6-7 million price tag.


He will be splitting time. He doesn't have the full job. Scoscia likes Jose Molina (I think he's better defensively than Bengie) and he will play close to half the the games.
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Postby baseballnewb » Sat Dec 10, 2005 11:18 pm

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


Um, yeah right. So far he's been the best Molina and he's certainly an above average C, offensively he was one of the 10 best C's in baseball last year and he's no slouch defensively. Yadier has the most potential and is the best defensively but he hasn't shown it with the bat yet.
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Postby 1337_Dude » Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:03 am

A few people have mentioned what I wouldn't mind seeing. It'd be nice if the Yanks picked him up. We get a we bit younger at catcher. We could have Posada and Giambi split time at first and dh. We would get better defensivley and I think with Posada not having the stress of catching, his hitting could improve as well. I also would think that RJ might improve some since he doesn't have the best relationship with Posada and Molina seems to be very good with his staffs.
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Postby OhMrScottyTrav06 » Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:11 am

Not the Darkside! Bengie... No!!!
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Postby Havok1517 » Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:17 am

It may happen but only if Posada gets traded. I've heard the Yanks want to move him because of his declining skills but can't find taker of his contract.
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Postby OhMrScottyTrav06 » Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:22 am

Havok1517 wrote:It may happen but only if Posada gets traded. I've heard the Yanks want to move him because of his declining skills but can't find taker of his contract.


Yeah... overpaying for all your players has it's downsides too...
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Postby 1337_Dude » Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:36 am

I could see them signing Molina at a discount price (4 years for 25 maybe?), then exploring trades for Posada. If nothing else they could possibly trade him around the trade deadline. People tend to trade for players they don't normally want to. Especially if it's for a decent to pretty good bat (Catcher wise at least) and contract wise they'd only have to have him for a year and a half as long as they didn't have him play 81 games at catcher.
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Postby cristóbal » Sun Dec 11, 2005 7:41 pm

BronXBombers51 wrote:
Another Blown Save wrote:Houston, LA Dodgers, Pittsburgh, etc.


Houston is an interesting situation since they'll save alot of money by losing Clemens. That looks like a fit since Ausmus is gone. I'm not sure Pittsburgh will offer up the money he'll want, and I'm not sure how to gauge anything that LA does. :-?


he would be dirty at minute maid
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