Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Two Years for Benjie Molina?

Even though backups Brian Schneider and Ivan Rodriguez got two year deals from their respective teams, I'm surprised that the Mets offered Benjoe Molina a two year deal:
The Mets have told other agents that Bengie Molina is clearly their first choice, and if he accepts a two-year deal, in the $12-million range, he figures to be a Met very shortly.”
Given how poor the Mets catching situation is right now, it's not surprising that they went after Molina, who is the best catcher on the free agent market. But did they have to give Molina a two year deal? In my opinion, the answer is no. Outside of the Mets, there is no other team out there that was willing to pay Molina $6 million annually and offer him the opportunity to play everyday. The reason why guys like Miguel Olivo and Yorvit Torrealba have garnered more interest on the free agent market is because their demands are lower, both in terms of years and money.

Look, Molina is a definite upgrade over the plethora of catchers that the Mets have at the moment. However given his age, low OBP, age, and limited running ability, I think there are a number of factors that make this signing risky for the Mets.

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