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Jays Shore Up Catching Position with Molina

Posted By Ben Fisher On Feb 19 2010 @ 11:11 pm In Toronto Blue Jays | No Comments

The Blue Jays made what is likely their last dip into free agency today, signing catcher Jose Molina to a deal that with pay him $400,000 with a 2011 team option for $1.2 million.

In doing so, they've created a positional battle for the back-up catcher slot between Molina and Raul Chavez to be played out over spring training. Fellow free agent signee John Buck will likely handle starting duties, but only saw action in 59 games last season due to back injuries and has never played more than 118 games in any season.

Molina doesn't have much of a bat (career average is .235), but plays excellent defence and can throw out his share of runners. He is also the second of the catching Molina brothers to don a Blue Jays uni, after older brother Bengie played in Toronto during the 2006 season.

Molina boasts two World Series rings (2002 Angels and 2009 Yankees), and holds the distinction of being the last player to hit a home run at the old Yankee Stadium.

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