Rumor: Cardinals Seeking Another Molina
You’ll have to allow me to indulge in a bit of home-town biased for a moment. As if things weren’t going poorly enough for the defending World Series Champs, their catcher, Yadier Molina, is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks with a fractured wrist. So, while this is hardly the type of news I’d like to cover, it has generated some interesting trade rumors.
Cardinals GM, Walt Jocketty, told reporters that "none of the free-agent catchers available moved the needle," implying the club will have to fill the void via a trade. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch article goes on to say that "according to reports, Anaheim catcher Jose Molina, Yadier’s brother, has been the subject of trade inquiries." The older Molina certianly wouldn’t be expected to ignight the offence batting only .224, but he would certainly help cut down opponents’ running game nailing 20 would-be base stealers last year (a .426 average) in just over 600 innings played. That’s quite an improvement over currently starting Gary Bennett, who last year allowed 26 stolen bases in 300+ innings while throwing out only 3.