San Francisco Giants

Why Did the Giants Re-Sign Bengie Molina?

SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 26:  Bengie Molina #1 of the San Francisco Giants rounds the bases after he hit a pinch hit 3-run home run to give the Giants a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning of their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park on August 26, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images for Reebok)
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Josh LevittSenior Analyst IJanuary 20, 2010

Reasons why the Giants signed Bengie Molina:

1. He calls a good game
2. The Giants felt that Buster Posey was not ready
3. Offensive production

No longer must the Giants worry about replacing the 20 home runs and 80 RBI Molina provided last year, though they have attempted to bolster the offense this offseason by signing free agents Mark DeRosa and Aubrey Huff. After spending most of the previous two seasons batting fourth—a role for which even he admitted he was miscast—Molina is now likely to bat fifth or sixth, which should increase his comfort level and could deepen the Giants' lineup.

To me, this move represents everything that is wrong with the Giants right now.

Instead of pursuing a player who could dramatically make the Giants lineup better, Sabean opted to spend his money in multiple places hoping to make the Giants lineup deeper and more potent.

But even after adding Aubrey Huff and Mark DeRosa to the fold, Sabean realized that he still need a middle of the order hitter, who could give the Giants the punch they needed.

In addition, the catching market was so poor that Molina, who was considered to be the top catcher on the free agent market, was not likely to land anything more than a one-year deal with an option.

Once Molina decided to take a one-year deal, he fell into the Giants lap. The Giants have gone after veteran players over the past few seasons with short contracts, and the one they gave Molina is no exception.

Because of his limited resources and strange affinity for aging players with low OBP, Sabean went after Molina.

Ultimately, I think the Giants could have allocated their resources better because I don't think Huff, DeRosa, and Molina will improve their offense that much. But it's clear to me that the Giants value Bengie Molina a lot more than most teams do.

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