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Free-agent catcher Jose Molina is close to signing a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays that includes an option for the 2013 season, major-league sources told FOXSports.com.
A deal could be completed within the next several days.
Molina, 36, is known for his expert handling of pitchers and has an intimate knowledge of the Rays' opponents in the American League East after spending the last four and a half seasons with the Yankees and Blue Jays. He's coming off one of the best offensive years of his career, posting a .281/.342/.415 line in 55 games with Toronto.
Tampa Bay already has four catchers on its 40-man roster: John Jaso, Jose Lobaton, Robinson Chirinos, and Nevin Ashley. But Molina will give the Rays the veteran, right-handed-hitting presence they are losing with the expected departure of Kelly Shoppach.
Catchers have been signing at a higher rate this off-season than players at all other positions: Free agents Rod Barajas (Pirates), Henry Blanco (Diamondbacks), Matt Treanor (Dodgers), Brian Schneider (Phillies), and Gerald Laird (Tigers) have already agreed to contracts for next year.
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ROGER MOONEY Jon Paul Morosi of Foxsports.com is reporting the Rays are nearing a deal with free agent catcher Jose Molina, a deal that would make a lot of sense for the Rays. Molina, 36, (career statistics http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/molinjo01.shtml) has…
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Early comments...Jamie Campbell - "The Blue is back in Blue Jays!".Paul Beeston - uniforms and new logo a two year process and players and manager John Farrell had input into the design.Jose Bautista is modelling the home uniform, Adam Lind modelling the road uni, Ricky Romero modelling the alternate blue jersey.
Ha! Get it? I know, I know, it’s kind of weak joke but when you think about it, it’s absolutely true: the Toronto Blue Jays logo is new and old, as it somewhat resembles the one the team used from 1977-1996. What? Did you think I was referring to something else as a weak joke? [...]
The Toronto Blue Jays may be willing to forgo signing a marquee free-agent closer - and acquire one via trade instead.FOX Sports is reporting that the Blue Jays have inquired about the availability of Colorado Rockies reliever Huston Street. The emergence of Rafael Betancourt as a reliable ninth-inning option has made Street expendable in Denver.Street is owed $7.5 million this season...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays and Kirk Gibson of the Arizona Diamondbacks were named American and National League Mangers of the Year, respectively, in results announced Wednesday by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
What was old is new once again with some modernized tweaks. Days after the Baltimore Orioles gave a nod to their past tradition with new uniforms and an update to an old logo, the Toronto Blue Jays looked back to the team's glory days for their latest attire.
First and foremost, the team with "blue" in its name is no longer going to be featuring black as its primary...
NEW YORK—Kirk Gibson of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays have been voted Managers of the Year.