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.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.