— Days Without Shea —

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by Kingman on July 1 at 11:27AM
http://www.loge13.com/img/DSCN0062.JPGRon Hunt sent this Molina news along:

"This is pretty funny considering Bengie turned down more $$ and years from the Mets knowing that the Giants best prospect was a catcher because he wanted to keep his family in SF and stay w/the devil he knows. I'm happier w/Barajas.
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The Rangers acquired catcher Bengie
Molina from the Giants in exchange for reliever
Chris Ray and a player to be named
on Wednesday night, filling their troublesome
spot behind the plate while allowing
the Giants to put their catcher of the future,
Buster Posey, behind the plate full-time
now.

The deal was confirmed by
FanHouse's Ed Price.

Neither club has made an announcement
yet, and Rangers GM Jon Daniels told reporters
only that there had been a dialogue
on a trade.

Molina, 35, has declined offensively and
defensively this year, but he would still be
an upgrade for the Rangers. He is hitting
.257 with three homers and 17 RBI, is still
considered to be good at handling a staff,
guiding the Giant's talented staff for the
past four seasons.

From the Giants' perspective, the move
allows them to get one player out of the
crowded situation at first base. Posey can
now catch every day, leaving Aubrey Huff
and Pablo Sandoval as the primary first
basemen. The Giants had some initial concerns
about whether Posey was ready to
handle a big-league staff, but they have
been encouraged with the few games he's
caught since he came up a month ago. The
Giants also have journeyman Eli
Whiteside.

Ray, a right-hander, would provide some
bullpen depth for the Giants, who had been
struggling to get to closer Brian Wilson.
Ray, 28, is 2-0 with a 3.41 ERA for Texas
this season. In 2006 he had 33 saves for the Orioles.



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