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Jose Molina | Catcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (39) / 6/3/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 249
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Rays released C Jose Molina.
Molina was set to make $2.75 million next season, so it's not surprising a team didn't want to claim him and his contract off waivers. Molina is still a strong defensive catcher, though, and he should find another major league deal as a defense-first backup somewhere. Nov 24 - 8:30 PM

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Rays designated C Jose Molina for assignment.

Assuming he's not claimed on waivers (which is highly unlikely), the Rays will eat the $2.75 million he's owed in 2015. Molina, 39, batted an ugly .178/.230/.187 in 2014 but still could catch on as a backup somewhere given his defense and pitch-framing ability.
Nov 20 - 7:01 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays could trade or release Jose Molina this offseason.

They'd obviously prefer to deal him, but no one is going to want to take on Molina's $2.75 million contract. The 39-year-old is still capable of being a backup given his defense and pitch-framing ability, but he's coming off a season where he batted an ugly .178/.230/.187.
Nov 16 - 1:52 PM

Jose Molina is not in Friday's lineup due to a sore left knee.

It's not a big deal, as he's expected to be back in there on Saturday. Curt Casali is catching Drew Smyly on Friday.
Aug 22 - 5:51 PM

Rays re-signed C Jose Molina to a two-year, $4.5 million contract.

The previously reported deal is finally official. Molina has batted just .228/.288/.328 during his two years in Tampa but is valued for his defense and pitch framing. He figures to split time with Jose Lobaton in 2014.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 11:17:00 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays don't yet have Jose Molina's physical results and will postpone the announcement of Molina's contract to next week.

The announcement was expected Tuesday or Wednesday, but the Rays will go ahead and push back the ceremony until after Thanksgiving weekend. Molina will officially re-sign with Tampa Bay on a two-year, $4.5 million deal at that time.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 07:05:00 PM

Jose Molina will take a physical Tuesday and his new two-year contract with the Rays will be made official either later that day or on Wednesday, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman first reported on Sunday that Molina had re-signed with Tampa Bay on a two-year, $4.5 million deal. The 38-year-old should be kept miles from a fantasy roster -- he's slashed .228/.288/.328 over the past two years in Tampa -- but is a valuable real-life player due to his defensive acumen and lauded pitch framing ability.
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 08:20:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Jose Molina has re-signed with the Rays on a two-year, $4.5 million deal.

Molina made $1.5 million each of the last two seasons, so he gets a bit of a raise. The 38-year-old is a virtually zero at the plate, batting just .228/.288/.328 during his two years in Tampa. The Rays value him for his game calling and pitch framing, though. He figures to split time with Jose Lobaton in 2014.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 04:02:00 PM

ESPN.com's Buster Olney reports that the Rays are closing in on a potential two-year contract with free agent Jose Molina.

The pact would run this his age-40 season. Molina has posted a meager .616 OPS over the past two seasons, but his defense is superb. He's the type of player who is far more valuable in real life than in fantasy baseball.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 04:00:00 PM

Jose Molina is back in the starting lineup Friday against the Twins.

Molina was away from the team on Thursday in order to be with his mother after surgery. He'll bat eighth and catch Chris Archer in his return to action.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 04:46:00 PM

Jose Molina is expected to rejoin the Rays on Friday.

Molina traveled to St. Louis after his mother had surgery on Wednesday. However, it sounds like he should be back when the Rays open a series against the Twins in Minnesota.
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 04:59:00 PM

Jose Molina is not with the Rays on Thursday night due to a private family situation.

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and Cardinals assistant hitting coach Bengie Molina -- brothers of Jose -- have also been excused for the next couple of days.
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 03:41:00 PM

Jose Molina blasted a two-run home run, helping to power the Rays to an 8-3 victory over the White Sox on Friday.

Molina finished the night 1-for-4 plus a walk and a pair of runs scored. His two-run blast off Dylan Axelrod got the Rays on the board in their five-run second inning, and would prove to be all of the support that Jeremy Hellickson and company would need. The defensive minded backstop is now hitting .260 with two homers and 10 RBI on the season.
Fri, Jul 5, 2013 10:49:00 PM

Jose Molina went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Sunday's victory against the Yankees.

A rare offensive outburst for the game's premier pitch framer. Molina, a far, far better real-life player than fantasy contributor, is batting .271 to go with one homer and eight RBI over 133 at-bats, which makes him a second catcher in AL-only formats.
Mon, Jun 24, 2013 12:48:00 AM

Jose Molina (hamstring) is back in Wednesday's lineup against the Blue Jays.

Molina hasn't played since Saturday due to a tight left hamstring. The Rays are hoping that the issue is behind him.
Wed, May 22, 2013 01:34:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
3Justin O'Conner
4Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
3Ryan Brett
4Eugenio Velez
SS1Yunel Escobar
2Nick Franklin
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Corey Brown
CF1Desmond Jennings
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Matt Moore
3Chris Archer
4Jake Odorizzi
5Drew Smyly
6Alex Colome
7Nate Karns
8Matt Andriese
9Grayson Garvin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Ernesto Frieri
3Brad Boxberger
4Grant Balfour
5Kevin Jepsen
6Kirby Yates
7Jeff Beliveau
8Steve Geltz
9Jose Dominguez
10C.J. Riefenhauser
11Brandon Gomes