Everyday until spring training begins the "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog will review one player from the Yankees roster. We will review a total of 27 players, the 25 we believe will be on the active roster after spring training, and 2 we believe should be on the active roster but won't be for one reason or another. Our reviews are all edited by Carl Pavano himself to insure they're up to the stringent "Pavano Tough" standards.
Jose Molina came to the Yankees from the Angels last season after they tried Wil Nieves for an extended period of time. Molina was batting .224, 0 homeruns and 10 RBI's in 125 at bats for the Angels. When he came to the Yankees he batted .318, with 1 homerun and 9 RBI's in 66 at bats. At the time the deal was made, I thought it was a solid move. The Yankees had a hard time finding a good back up catcher they could rely on to give Posada a day off every now and again. I had been saying for a while that we needed one of the thousand Molina brothers, and we finally got one.
My Fearless Prediction:
Expect Molina to bat in the .230 range with a handful of homeruns, and sprinkling of RBI's. What Molina really offers the Yankees is a serviceable defensive catcher who they can use to give Jorge Posada a day off here and there. Expect Posada's knees to be very grateful for the Molina brother.
Little Known Molina Fact: Jose Molina toughens his hands in the off season by catching Chamberlain fastballs bare handed.