Jose Molina joins the Cardinals as a guest instructor

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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.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.