Under the Radar

Tha Yanks have signed Jose Molina to a 2-year, $4 million contract to backup Jorge Posada. To say the market for secondary backstops is weak is a massive understatement. Molina was very good in Pinstripes (.318/.333/.439) after replacing Will Nieves last year, but whether that was a small-sample aberation remains to be seen. He is a solid receiver. As Joe G. tries to manage Jorge’s workload, Molina should see increasing playing time. Next year he will be 33, and his career line is: .243/.279/.345. So as it stands now, the Yanks have given themselves 2 years to find an heir apparent to Jorge.

7 comments… add one
  • awesome. great move.

    sam-YF November 16, 2007, 10:38 am
  • Agreed. It’s one less thing to have to worry about.

    John - YF November 16, 2007, 10:45 am
  • Solid pick-up for the Yanks.
    In other news, the Angels, Braves and Cardinals have all offered Mike Lowell 4-year deals.
    http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/baseball/red_sox/view.bg?articleid=1045063

    Atheose November 16, 2007, 12:23 pm
  • Atheose, those teams have denied making those offers. The story you link to even says that. Check the Lowell thread below…

    Paul SF November 16, 2007, 12:48 pm
  • Ahh, my mistake Paul. I skimmed the article and only saw the highlights.

    Atheose November 16, 2007, 1:04 pm
  • smart move by the yanks

    dc November 17, 2007, 9:27 am
  • I like the re-signing. He seemed to fit in after joining. In some respects, the fact that he hit well (.318/.333/.439; small sample size) for the team earned him this contract. (Both catchers outperform their career numbers in 2007 and earn themselves “big” contracts!)
    The Yankees have struggled for years (literally) to find a back-up catcher who can hit even close to Molina’s career .243, so this is probably a good move even if he reverts to his career averages in 2008 and 2009.

    Ben November 17, 2007, 10:28 am

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