Jose Molina

Jose Molina

Jose Molina joins the Cardinals as a guest instructor


He’s not officially retired, but Jose Molina is 39 years old, was released by the Rays, and is sidelined following knee surgery. And now he’s joined the Cardinals as a special guest instructor for spring training.

Molina’s younger brother, Yadier Molina, is the Cardinals’ starting catcher and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the team is hoping Jose has a good enough experience this spring that he’s willing to take on a full-time role coaching catching throughout the organization.

Molina was always terrible offensively, hitting .233 with a .608 OPS for his career, but he stuck around in the majors for 15 seasons, earned $15 million, and played on a lot of good teams because he excelled defensively and was particularly great at framing pitches.

Jose Molina to undergo knee surgery

Jose Molina

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that free agent catcher Jose Molina will undergo knee surgery and will be out for a “long, indefinite period”.

Molina, 39, posted a meager .417 OPS in 247 plate appearances for the Rays last season. Despite the offense, which has been on a steep three-year decline, Molina is well-regarded as a good game-caller and a great pitch-framer.

It will be interesting to see if Molina draws any interest once he’s recovered, given his age.

Rays place Jose Molina on release waivers

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The Rays have placed catcher Jose Molina on release waivers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Infielder Cole Figueroa was also placed on release waivers.

Molina, 39, was designated for assignment on Thursday. If Molina clears release waivers by Wednesday, he will have been officially released by the Rays. He is still owed $2.75 million. The catcher had a miserable year at the plate in 2014, finishing with a .178/.230/.187 triple-slash line with no home runs and 10 RBI in 247 plate appearances.

Rays expected to designate Jose Molina for assignment

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are expected to designate catcher Jose Molina for assignment ahead of the 40-man roster deadline, which is at midnight.

The Rays owe Molina $2.75 million for the 2015 season, but they obviously feel they can do better. The 39-year-old batted just .178/.230/.187 over 247 plate appearances this past season, his third consecutive season in which his offensive production declined precipitously.

The Rays have 10 days to work out a trade with another team involving Molina, which would absolve them of some or all of the money they owe him.

Ryan Hanigan rejoins Rays after six weeks on disabled list

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Tampa Bay activated Ryan Hanigan from the disabled list after the veteran catcher missed six weeks with a strained oblique muscle.

Hanigan suffered the injury before the All-Star break and initially tried to avoid the disabled list, which now seems kind of silly considering he missed more than a month of action.

Acquired from the Reds this offseason after posting a .360 on-base percentage through his first seven seasons in the majors, Hanigan hit just .212 with a .309 on-base percentage in 61 games before the injury.

He’ll likely split time with Jose Molina down the stretch.