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Yankees Not Interested in Molina; Posada’s Post Protected
Friday, January 20, 2006
Jorge Beats Molina at the Plate...in More Ways Than One

As with every other big name free agent this year, rumors suggesting that the Yankees were among the teams bidding for former Los Angeles-Anaheim-California Angel’s catcher Bengie Molina have been swirling since the end of the 2005 season. Bengie had one of the best years of his career in 2005, hitting a career high .295 and driving in 69 RBIs in 121 hits; during the ALDS series against the Yanks he went 8 for 18 and hit three homers. Newspapers and web forums have been “reporting” various levels of alleged expressed interest on the Yankees’ part, from being “interested” to unofficially bidding for the righty catcher, but there have been no confirmed reports or acknowledgement on the Yankees’ behalf to suggest that there is any truth to these rumors.

The Yanks have said that they “remain committed” to Jorge Posada and that he will indeed be their everyday catcher again in 2006. Say what you will about Jorge’s “advancing age”; he’ll likely still be one of the top 10 catchers in the MLB for the next couple years. File the Molina buzz under “no need, no thanks” – where I come from, we don’t replace catchers that have proven themselves consistent inning after inning, season after season, both behind the plate and up to bat.
posted by Yankees Chick @ Friday, January 20, 2006  
  • At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Bill C said…

    Molina gets a little lazy defensively. Although he has a great arm, he does at times nonchalant the ball backhand and doesn't always set up in the best position to make the tag at the plate (neither does Jorge).

    All in all, I would rate Molina solidly behind Posada in all categories except in arm strength. And, Randy Johnson aside, Posada does a great job with the staff. (I have forgiven him for that bonehead call he made for the fastball down and in with the count 2-0 to Garett Anderson in Game 5 of the ALDS last year. Mussina threw it right where Jorge called it and Anderson launched it).

  • At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "Mussina threw it right where Jorge called it and Anderson launched it.)"

    Mussina is the one pitcher who definitely calls his own game.

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