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Wil Myers, Jose Molina drive in runs, but Rays fall to Red Sox

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Grady Sizemore bolstered his bid to become Boston's new starting center fielder, hitting a two-run homer as the Red Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Tuesday. Will Middlebrooks also hit a solo homer as the defending World Series champions won for the ninth time in 24 games this spring. Wil Myers and Jose Molina both drove in runs for the Rays...
Via Fox Sports Florida
22 days ago  |  Discuss

O Brother Where Art Thou, Part 3

In O Brother Where Art Thou: Part 1, the Sizemore brothers showed promise but struggled to stay healthy. In Part 2, the Uptons finally teamed up, but didn’t have the type of success that Atlanta Braves expected, while the younger Drew tried to escape the shadow of his older brother.  In Part 3, a trio of brothers informally dubbed “The Catching Molinas” decided that their...
Via The Sports Post
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays could trade Jose Lobaton

With Jose Molina and Ryan Hanigan behind the dish, Jose Lobaton is now expendable and the Rays could explore trading him, writes Mark Topkin for the Tampa Bay Times. Topkin adds that, given the vagaries of the game of baseball, they’ll likely bring Lobaton to spring training in case either of their catchers suffers an injury, but could trade him to a team in need of a back-up towards...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 03, 2014  |  1 Comment

Catching Up and Catching Down

Pitch-framing! Am I right? It’s still very much a fascinating subject, which is one of the reasons I write about it so often. But by this point we have a pretty good idea who’s good at it and who’s bad at it. That ground’s been covered. We know that Jose Molina is great. We know […]
Via Fangraphs
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays re-sign Jose Molina

The Tampa Bay Rays have re-signed veteran catcher Jose Molina as part of their efforts to put out a starting nine that can make a serious run in the 2014 season.  The Rays and Molina agreed to a two-year, $4.5 million contract after the catcher declared free agency this offseason.  Molina has also agreed to pay $40,000 to the Rays Baseball Foundation over the course of his next...
Via isportsweb.com
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Molina finalizes $4.5M, 2-year deal with Rays

Catcher Jose Molina is staying with the Tampa Bay Rays, finalizing a $4.5 million, two-year contract. The 38-year-old, whose deal was announced Monday night, has spent the last two seasons with the Rays. He started a career-high 87 games and batted .233 with two homers and 18 RBIs in 99 games. The veteran of 14 major league seasons, who had become a free agent, is a .238 career...
Via AP on Fox
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays re-sign Jose Molina, non-tender Fuld, Wright

The Tampa Bay Rays chose not to tender outfielder Sam Fuld and reliever Wesley Wright before Monday's deadline, making them free agents. The team also announced it signed catcher Jose Molina to a two-year, 4.5 million deal. In addition, the Rays tendered contracts to their other arbitration-eligible players: left-hander David Price, right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, catcher Jose...
Via Fox Sports Florida
December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 337: Free Agent Spending So Far/The McCann, Molina, and Smith Signings by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the early movement on the free agent market, then break down the Jose Molina, Brian McCann, and Joe Smith signings.
Via Baseball Prospectus
November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Yanks Sign McCann, Rays Sign Molina and So it Goes

Two teams in the American League East needed catchers this off season and both filled the need within a day of each other last week, albeit using vastly different strategies.  The New York Yankees signed free-agent Brian McCann to a five-year $85 million deal. The Tampa Bay Rays re-signed Jose Molina to a two-year deal worth $4.5 million. And so it goes in the American League...
Via Baseball News Source
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays continue to spend wisely, bring back Jose Molina for two years

The Tampa Bay Rays are set at catcher for 2014, re-signing veteran Jose Molina to a two-year deal with a total of $4.5 million. Molina will likely continue to split time behind the plate with Jose Lobaton next season. The 38-year old Molina isn't known for his bat - his career line is just .238/.287/.340, and he's had a wRC+ above 100 just once in the last decade. But...
Via The Outside Corner
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays bring back Jose Molina for two years, $4.5 million

Jose Molina‘s ability to frame pitches will keep him in the league for at least another couple of years. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, he and the Rays have come to terms on a two-year, $4.5 million contract. The 38-year-old Molina doesn’t bring much else to the table at this point. He hit .228/.288/.318 with 10 homers and 50 RBI over 201 games in his first two seasons...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays resign Molina

The Rays have resigned free agent catcher Jose Molina to a two-year contract, reports Jon Heyman. The deal is believed to be worth $4.5 million total. Jose Molina has 2-year agreement with #rays. Said to be for $4.5M for the 2. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 24, 2013   Molina, 38, has hit .228/.288/.328 with 10 home runs in 201 games with Tampa Bay over the last two...
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November 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays Reach Agreement With Jose Molina on Two-year Deal

The Tampa Bay Rays have reached an agreement with catcher Jose Molina on a two-year deal worth $4.5 million according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Earlier this week it was reported that the Rays and Molina were working on a deal to return in 2014. Molina hit .233./.290/.304 in 99 games for the Rays last season and likely would be teamed again with Jose Lobaton  as Tampa Bay...
Via Baseball News Source
November 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays and Jose Molina Talking About Return in 2014

The Tampa Bay Rays and veteran catcher Jose Molina are reportedly working on a deal  to return in 2014 and perhaps beyond. Buster Olney reported that the two sides could be working on a two-year deal.  Tampa Bay Times writer Mark Topkin confirms that the deal could be finalized next week. At age 37 Molina batted .233./.290/.304 in 99 games for the Rays last season and clearly his...
Via Baseball News Source
November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays Rumors: Jose Molina Close to Signing with Tampa Bay

Free-agent catcher Jose Molina is apparently close to re-signing with the Tampa Bay Rays, according to Buster Olney.  The ESPN writer also mentioned the possible parameters of the deal. Tampa Bay Rays making progress in effort to retain Jose Molina. Could be a two-year deal. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 21, 2013 Molina, 38, played in 99 games last season, hitting .233...
Via Sports Injury Alert
November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Bengie Molina leaves Cards to become first base coach for Rangers

One of the lasting images in Texas Rangers history is catcher Bengie Molina leaping into the arms of closer Neftali Feliz when the team clinched its first American League pennant. Three years later, Molina returned to the Rangers when he was hired as the first base coach and catching instructor on Tuesday. The move completes manager Ron Washington's staff for next season. ...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Rangers hire Molina as 1st-base coach

One of the lasting images in Texas Rangers history is catcher Bengie Molina leaping into the arms of closer Neftali Feliz when the team clinched its first American League pennant. Three years later, Molina returned to the Rangers when he was hired as the first base coach and catching instructor on Tuesday. The move completes manager Ron Washington's staff for next season. ...
Via AP on Fox
November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Coutdown to Cooperstown: Yadier Molina

Like an impressionist painting, the Cooperstown credentials of Yadier Molina become clearer when you take a step back and look at the entire picture. Originally known as the little brother of Bengie and Jose Molina, he  has turned their identities to “Yadier’s big brothers.” A big leaguer since he was 21, Molina has quietly evolved into a superstar. Defensively, he...
Via Hall of Very Good
October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays players leave final thoughts on season via Twitter

As Rays players headed their separate ways for the offseason, some left some good-bye messages via Twitter to put a final stamp on the season.Very proud of our guys and our fans. I think we played to our potential. We took it about as far as we could go. Boston just beat us. Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) October 9, 2013Thank u Rays fan JOSE MOLINA (@Joeycatch8) October 9, 2013My rookie...
Via Fox Sports Florida
October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays players leave final thoughts on season via Twitter

As Rays players headed their separate ways for the offseason, some left some good-bye messages via Twitter to put a final stamp on the season.Very proud of our guys and our fans. I think we played to our potential. We took it about as far as we could go. Boston just beat us. Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) October 9, 2013Thank u Rays fan JOSE MOLINA (@Joeycatch8) October 9, 2013My rookie...
Via Fox Sports Florida
October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Jose Molina Thrown Out After Misguided Attempt to Steal Second (GIF)

Jose Molina is a large man. Officially listed at 250 pounds, the middle brother in the family of catching Molinas has never been known for his quick feet on the basepaths. The Rays backstop has attempted just 24 steals in his 14-year major league career, but he elected to take the wheels for a spin Wednesday during the biggest game of Tampa Bay’s season. With two outs in the top...
Via NESN.com
October 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Stealing a Base, with Billy Hamilton and Jose Molina

Typical  Billy Hamilton story outline: Ordinary introductory paragraph noting Hamilton’s speed when running the bases. Reference to Hamilton’s record-breaking stolen-base numbers in the minor leagues. Note regarding Hamilton’s immediate base-stealing success in the majors. Cautionary remark pertaining to Hamilton’s limited offensive potential at the plate. Renewed appreciation...
Via Fangraphs
September 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Jose Molina has three hits, but Angels rally to down Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Erick Aybar drove in four runs and the Los Angeles Angels rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 on Tuesday night. Aybar hit a two-run double off closer Fernando Rodney (5-4) to put the Angels up 6-5 in the ninth. Peter Bourjos stole second and went to third when center fielder Desmond Jennings misplayed J.B. Shuck's fly ball...
Via Fox Sports Florida
August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays Chris Archer Leaves Start With Forearm Tightness

Tampa Bay Rays rookie right-hander Chris Archer left his start in Arizona in the second inning with tightness in his right forearm. Archer allowed a run in the first and got two outs in the second before leaving with a 2-1 count against Didi Gregorius. Catcher Jose Molina went out to the mound after the pitch and signaled to the Rays staff. After a brief discussion with trainer...
Via Baseball News Source
August 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Presenting 2013′s Surprising Top Two Pitch-Framers

In the beginning, there was Jose Molina. For real though, he’s really old. Molina hung around, and then baseball was invented, and then people figured out how to measure catcher pitch-framing, and then, initially, Molina really shined. Molina’s numbers blew everyone else’s out of the water, and so Molina became something of a cult favorite, and so on and so forth. You know...
Via Fangraphs
August 07, 2013  |  Discuss

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