Sources tell Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle that Bengie Molina was told that he was traded to the Rangers by teammates upon arriving to Denver on Wednesday. Molina basically implied as much in his comments to reporters in Dallas.
“It was kind of weird,” he said. “Teammates were all coming up to me and saying goodbye. I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ I guess I’ve been released. I’ve never been in that situation before.”
As Schulman notes, a team official usually informs a player of an impending trade, however it looks like they weren’t able to get in contact with him before it actually went down. Odd, but maybe not entirely surprising. As Buster Olney informed us this week, Brian Sabean apparently doesn’t know how to use a phone.
By the way, Molina was 1-for-4 with a single in his Rangers debut against the White Sox on Friday night.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.