Catcher: Mets close to Deal with Bengie Molina

According to 1050 ESPN Radio, Rich Coutinho reports the Mets are close to signing free-agent C Bengie Molina to a two-year deal.

Earlier today, WFAN’s Mike Francesa said Molina still wants a three-year contract, while the Mets had only offered a one-year deal, with a vesting option for 2011.

Last week, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com said there are indications Molina might be willing to accept a two-year contract.

in the days following the Winter Meetings, word was molina was seeking a three-year, $20 million contract, which is laughable… but, that would suggest he’s asking for around $6.5 million per season… so, let’s assume the Mets and molina could meet in the middle, say, two years and $13 million… i still think that is way, way too much for a guy who is only marginally better at the plate than what they had last season, but who is significantly slower and 36 years old… yes, i know, i know, he works well with the pitching staff, and the Mets feel he and Henry Blanco can grab hold of Mike Pelfrey, Oliver Perez and John Maine, in a way that will be worth much of his salary… but, it’s just so difficult to see how one year from now, the Mets aren’t scrambling to try to unload a 37–year-old catcher making $6.5 million for 2011, you know what i mean