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Bengie Molina | Catcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (40) / 7/20/1974
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Arizona Western CC
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Bengie Molina has retired.
Molina sat out last season but left the door open for a return. He played 13 seasons as a member of the Angels, Blue Jays, Giants and Rangers. Molina posted a .274 career average and swatted 144 homers in 5,159 plate appearances. Sun, Feb 26, 2012 06:28:00 PM

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Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that Bengie Molina will not play for anyone in 2011.

No surprise there. Molina is saying he's still not officially retired, but it was unlikely we would see him play for anyone this season and it seems like a longshot the soon-to-be 37-year-old will ever suit up in a major league uniform again.
Tue, Jul 12, 2011 10:29:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox have made contact with free agent Bengie Molina but are not ready to move on him yet.

It's anyone's guess as to what kind of shape Molina is in these days, but he could be appealing with Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jason Varitek combining to hit .179/.246/.241 in 123 plate appearances this season. Ivan Rodriguez has also been a name floated as a possibility for the Sox, but Rosenthal says Boston is "cool" on him. Regardless of who the target ends up being, it's become pretty clear that the Sox will seek to upgrade behind the plate before the trade deadline.
Sun, May 8, 2011 12:28:00 PM

Jose Molina told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal that his brother, Bengie, wants to play this season.

However, he said that Bengie would accept a deal only that shows him "sufficient respect," which pretty much rules out a minor league contract. That's basically what we've been hearing for a while now. It's unlikely Bengie will receive any guaranteed offers at this point, but it's possible he could if injuries strike some team's catcher depth chart.
Sat, Mar 19, 2011 01:37:00 PM

Bengie Molina says he's retired "for now."

"I don't want to say I'm retired," Molina said. "I'm just out. Who knows? Maybe later on, I'll change my mind, but for now, I'm retired. I don't want to file the papers until I'm sure." Molina would probably return in the right situation and for the right amount of money, but he's simply not finding it and would rather not play than accept a non-guaranteed deal. The odds are good that that he's played his last game, but it's certainly possible some team will give him a call if injury strikes.
Sun, Mar 13, 2011 08:30:00 AM

According to SI.com's Jon Heyman, the Padres courted free agent catcher Bengie Molina recently but found the veteran to be in "retirement mode."

The Padres are looking to add some catching depth in the wake of Gregg Zaun's sudden retirement, but Molina apparently won't be an option. The 36-year-old told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News on Monday that he won't continue his career unless he gets a guaranteed deal at a "respectable" salary.
Tue, Mar 8, 2011 01:27:00 PM

Bengie Molina told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News that he won't play unless he gets a guaranteed deal at a respectable salary.

Molina told Baggarly that he's "definitely not retired," but it's obvious he won't play again unless he finds an opportunity that's worth his while. The 36-year-old wouldn't be a starter in San Diego because of the presence of Nick Hundley, but a team like the Astros might not be the worst fit if they are unable to find a better alternative via the trade market.
Mon, Mar 7, 2011 08:32:00 PM

According to Dan Hayes of the North County Times, the Padres put in an inquiry on Bengie Molina but were told that "he is retired."

This confirms an earlier report by Marty Caswell of XX1090 Sports Radio in San Diego, but word about his retirement appears more definitive now. The 36-year-old backstop batted .249/.297/.326 with five homers and 36 RBI over 416 plate appearances between the Giants and Rangers last season and was unable to find an opportunity to his liking this winter. If the news about his retirement is true, he'll finish with a .274 career batting average, 1,317 hits and 144 home runs over 13 major league seasons.
Mon, Mar 7, 2011 07:55:00 PM

The Padres have reached out to Bengie Molina, but were told that he's not inclined to play at this time, according to Marty Caswell of XX1090 Sports Radio in San Diego.

The Padres are in search of catching help now that Gregg Zaun has retired, but it sounds like Molina is close to retirement. As of now, Rob Johnson, Kyle Phillips and Guillermo Quiroz are the best internal candidates to back up Nick Hundley.
Mon, Mar 7, 2011 07:08:00 PM

Free agent catcher Bengie Molina said Tuesday that he has "no idea" whether his career is going to continue this season.

"We haven't decided yet," Molina told Newsday's Ken Davidoff. "There’s a couple of [teams interested], but they're not offering what we want, for sure. I don’t know right now what’s going to happen." The 36-year-old could find more interest this spring if a starting or backup catcher goes down with an injury. He finished with a .249/.297/.326 batting line, five home runs and 36 RBI in 377 at-bats last season.
Source: Newsday
Tue, Feb 8, 2011 09:22:00 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports that Bengie Molina's reps are still mum on whether or not the veteran catcher intends to play in 2011 or retire.

The decision might be made for him, if it hasn't been already. Molina, 36, reportedly still wants starter's at-bats, but there isn't a team willing to give them to him. He will either have to accept a backup job somewhere at a modest salary or just hang up his cleats. The latter is looking likely.
Sat, Feb 5, 2011 02:47:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Bengie Molina could be interested in backing up his brother Yadier Molina in St. Louis.

We heard about this possibility last month, but the Cardinals were apparently turned off by his exorbitant asking price. Things may have changed for him now that there aren't many catcher jobs available. Molina, 36, batted just .249/.297/.326 with five homers and 36 RBI over 377 at-bats between the Giants and Rangers last season.
Thu, Jan 6, 2011 11:11:00 AM

According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals have moved on from free agent catcher Bengie Molina.

The Cards were hoping Bengie would be open to backing up his brother in St. Louis at a discount, but he wants starter-type money. Or at least something close. The Cardinals will pick off the scrap heap.
Mon, Dec 13, 2010 02:49:00 PM

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss, the Cardinals have "made it clear" to Bengie Molina that he's their preferred choice at backup catcher.

Molina, 36, still hasn't decided if he's going to play another season. He's not going to get a starting job anywhere, but perhaps backing up his little brother, Yadier, in St. Louis would be a nice way to cap off his career. Molina is coming off a season where he hit just .249/.297/.326 with five homers over 377 at-bats, but he would be a fine addition in a backup role.
Sun, Dec 12, 2010 09:37:00 AM

Yadier Molina indicated to Lester Jimenez of the Puerto Rican daily Primera Hora that the Cardinals want his brother, Bengie, and that they're just waiting on an answer from him.

Yadier thinks his older brother could still handle a starting job, but added, "if he's thinking of retirement and wants to take it easy as a backup catcher, then I want him here with me." Bengie, 36, is mulling retirement. He's also drawn interest from the Rockies.
Fri, Dec 10, 2010 08:49:00 PM

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