Rangers Acquire Bengie Molina for Chris Ray, Player to Be Named
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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