Originally written on Fragile Freddy's  |  Last updated 10/20/14
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<span style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">While little of substance has happened in the off-season so far one significant move may have occurred to make an AL East competitor of the Red Sox four games better than they were a year ago.  The Tampa Bay Rays have inked catcher Jose Molina to a contract for the 2012 season and shuttled John Jaso to Seattle.<span style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">You may say “hold on, Jose Molina is worth four games?”  and I would not argue at first.   There is a lot of work being done on catcher defense out there and apparently there is an argument that Molina could be this valuable.<span style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">Recent work by Mike Fast at Baseball Prospectus has shed new light on the import of a catcher’s ability to “frame pitches.”  This is the act of receivin...
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