Quick Q&A: with Giants Blogger about Bengie Molina

To be honest, I bet the Mets first push hard to trade for a starting catcher, like Pirates C Ryan Doumit, D-Backs C Chris Snyder or Rays C Dioner Navarro, and then, if all else fails go to a free-agent starting catcher, like Miguel Olivo, Benjie Molina or Rob Barajas, in hopes they take a one-year deal.

Molina appears to be the most controversial name of the bunch, among media and fans, so I sent an e-mail to Grant, from the Giants blog, McCovery Chronicles, and asked for his opinion of Molina, since he watched him play every day for the last three season.

Grant sent back an e-mail, which said:

“The more I think about it, the more I think that Molina is one of the worst everyday players in baseball, which is hard to do when you hit 20 home runs as a catcher.  But the on-base percentage is the league’s worst, and he’s certainly the worst baserunner in the game.  I should preface this by noting that I don’t put a lot of stock into things like game-calling, handling a pitching staff, or all of the other unquantifiables that people use to attribute value to a catcher.  I know that this isn’t everyone’s view, so your mileage may vary.  I think Tim Lincecum would have won two Cy Youngs with Mike Piazza behind the plate.  Others would disagree.  That’s where Molina’s value would really lie.

“Personally, I’m done watching Molina.  I’m tired of one-pitch outs, I’m tired of watching him stop at third when another Giant actually gets a hit with a runner in scoring position, and I’m tired of the organization believing that he’s indispensable. I’m not sure if I’d feel that way, though, if he were a No. 7 or No. 8 hitter.  So, maybe I’m not being fair by misdirecting frustration that should go towards the front office for putting Molina in a position to frustrate.”

To read more of Grant’s opinion on Molina, click here.

For what it’s worth, in the last day or so, I reached out to people in the Giants organization, and was told pitchers on the team feel Molina is terrific at game-calling, based on their pre-game approach, and the team believes he did a fantastic job communicating and working the their pitching staff, from older pitchers like Barry Zito to youngsters like Lincecum.




245 comments
David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

I do notice a lot you your posts don't want to trade away prospects for a proven player. Sorry, unlike the Islanders teams around the league want equal value or close to it. Snow like the last 6 yrs will sign guys off the scrap heap or guys that know one wants.....They will pay a little more.


Dustin Penner and Dany Heatkey on the decline a dead ringer.

Scott Weinstein
Scott Weinstein

Glad that Boyle didn't sign here. He's not a difference maker and his best years are behind him.

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

Whoa! Hey! There's another 39 year old available! Todd Bertuzzi, let's trade for his exclusive rights, he's the next Clark Gillies!

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

Six years later, and management is still trying to sell us on Bailey. I just bought a 2008 Ford Explorer and got a great deal on it because it's an old car.

tomba
tomba

"SELL THE TEAM CHIMP, SELL THE TEAM!"

David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

Pitt. Penguins as reported by a few sources want Ryan Kessler.

The only way that can happen is by Pitt. freeing up Cap space.

This is Where Snow should be smart to make a move - though he's not that brit as is Wang.

Trade: 5th overall pick,, 3rd rounder, Top Prospect D-Man, Josh Bailey or Michael Grabner

For: James Neal and either Kris Latang or Paul Martin,

Trade: 5th Overall pick, 4th rounder, Top prospect D-man, and Josh Bailey.

For: James Neal and Rob Scuderi - but Pitt. has to at least eat up 1-1.5 mill of his salary.

TThen UFA Signings 

D- Markov (4 yrs @ 5.5 - 5.8 mill per)

F-  Dustin Penner or Dany Heatley (2-3 yrs @ 4 -4.5 mill. per.

Reason I mention Dustin Penner pr Heatly becuase they will be easier to sign playing here then the other UFA's.

Frank Trovato
Frank Trovato

A Contender? Toronto? These jokes just write themselves. 

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

i had zero interest in dan boyle.  imo it's not clownish that they can't manage to sign him.  it's clownish that they thought of this in the first place.  let the njd make that kind of move.

David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

Chimpanzee can run this team better then the clowns in Wang and Snow!

David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

Honestly if it's true 5.25 mill per year is not worth to sign Dan Boyle at this stage of his career.

I just don't get Wang - the Gremlin and Snow - the dark Vader, they Don't resign Matt Moulson and Mark Strait - 2 players that wanted to stay here and was better then any of the top 2 other then, JT & Okopso.

Again a chimpanzee can't run this better....I have my doubts Snow will even trade the 5th pick and get good value.

The rebuilding should be over in its 9th yr. Drafting any player in this years draft from 3 and on...will take 3yrs to even be considered NHL ready. By then JT will be gone!!!!

jepliberty
jepliberty

Dan Boyle won't sign with Islanders, Surprised? I wonder if there was a poll of every player in the NHL and ask them if they all was free agents to sign with any club, how many would express the sentiments of the title of this thread?

dinbigd
dinbigd

Until this teams management gets serious about winning all we can do is speculate.What's up w/ the sale? Are Isles for sale or not? NHL owners really need to weigh in on this dysfunctional franchise.

Sam Sam
Sam Sam

Tom Gilbert of the Florida Panthers is a free agent and is a solid puck moving righty defenseman who won't be that expensive that Snow would probably go after.  I think Gilbert paired with Reinhart would be fine.

Sam Sam
Sam Sam

Boyle made it clear he will test free agency July 1, how are the Isles going to get anything for him?  What team is that moronic to give us something for a 7 day window to talk to someone?

doc942
doc942

Not a big deal.  I liked the trade... but not bothered by the outcome.  If Garth can get a mid round pick in return it is a wash.

Martin Flatley
Martin Flatley

For Snow to think that Boyle (38) would rather sign with a rebuilding team rather than a contender at this late stage of his career shows just how out of touch he really is.

David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

I would not be the least bit surprised if Garth Snow get only a 4th, 5th, or 6th round pick for Dan Boyle. Knowing he's made some stellar trades the last few times.

They need to trade the 5th pick, at least 2 prospect D-man, Josh Bailey, and Michael Grabner for the right price/trade.

A Gimpanzee can run this team better then the 2 clowns we have in Wang and Snow.

mrcisback
mrcisback

  Let me see, Dan Boyle wants to play for a contender including Toronto. Maybe somebody better inform Boyle that Toronto is slightly better then the Islanders if at all. I wasn't to crazy when they traded for Boyle's right anyway. I think he was the only defenseman on San Jose who was a plus minus in the negative.

sf

vegasvlo
vegasvlo

Bye Bye Danny boy. Life goes on.

Brian Bradley
Brian Bradley

I wish snow would trade dk and orange for a 5th round pick. This way they couldn't clog the threads up with their repetitive dribble all day Everyday

Don22
Don22

@David Di Gesu Is this a reply to someone specific?  Can't tell.


Sooner or later the Isles are going to need to trade some of the young talent.  They won't all be able to play in the same lineup.  A few of them have the same type of roles. I don't think Garth is adverse to trading some of the prospects for the right deal, but I also don't think he is going to go the Milbury route of selling off good prospects for quick fixes that won't work long term.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@Jason Zimmermann He was originally drafted by the Islanders.  Like a lot of other guys who went on to have long, successful careers in other places.

orange2327
orange2327

I cant even imagine, given the last 21 years, especially under wang, that the new York islanders actually had guys like clark gillies mike bossy denny potvin bryan trottier billy smith etc etc etc. Etc etc etc etc etc etc.

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

@David Di Gesu No one needs Dan Boyle so bad that they're going to trade for exclusive negotiating rights. Only the Islanders are that desperate and foolish.

Don22
Don22

@David Di Gesu Didn't you write the same thing the other day?  All 4 Pitt guys have some sort of no trade clauses (Neal starts next year). and I can't see them trading Neal or Letang.  Don't forget they also have their own UFA to sign in Niskanen and Orpik.  


I don't mind any of your UFA signing ideas, although I think maybe Penner is the only one that might consider signing. And I don't know if I give him more than 2 years/3 mil

dinbigd
dinbigd

@Sam Sam Not a bad idea. Anything at this point is better than staying the course.

isles23
isles23

Agreed doc. One of those situations were if he was signed good, if not no biggie. He wasn't going to be the glue for the team, just a vet to help the kids along is all I ever saw him as.

isles23
isles23

David, get only a 4th round pick? Considering we traded a 5th rounder to get him that would be moving up a round for nothing. I can say so many things right now but I'm going to be nice and just smh.

dkdk
dkdk

Hey MrC .... I think I would rather be spurned by an older defenseman at this point than have one come just for a last payday like Visnovsky. So while I really liked Boyle a lot in the day I agree it is probably best to look elsewhere. I just hope elsewhere is better than Carkner, Martinek, etc.

tpjm
tpjm

@Brian Bradley Bingo Brian. What will these 2 losers do when Wang sells most of the team?

dkdk
dkdk

Brian, truth hurts? Here's a tip skip everything I post. This is still America or close to it, there is no gun to your head to read it. That is all.

orange2327
orange2327

@brian bradley we'll call the canadians asst gm for you get him on a conference call with snow to relive the vanek collberg debacle. Just for you buddy.

erika
erika

@Macacawitz @Jason Zimmermann Met him and his wife several times...both were complete jerks, a rarity in the sport of hockey where my encounters with players has been 99% positive! incidentaly,  guys like Bossy, Gillies, Turgeon and Palfy were awesome! Darius Kasperitis was also a hoot...lot of fun!

doc942
doc942

@dkdk Revisionist history.  Visnovsky did not come here "for a last payday" as you say.  In fact, he was criticized heavily for NOT wanting to be here.  He had his reasons... sick child, wanting to play at home, confusion with his no trade clause etc etc etc.  I don't think that he should have been criticized for that situation at all and in fact, I think he was a good addition until he got hurt... now it looks as though he is a shell of his previous self.  It's too bad.  Was a good player.

camb33
camb33

@tpjm @Brian Bradley  probably talk hockey, with wang still around its kind of hard to do that, got it ya shill?

Brian Bradley
Brian Bradley

I dont read anything you guys post simply because you havent said anything new in a long time. Besides, its hard to avoid seeing your posts when you two comprise 98% of each comment thread. You two should just start texting each other or even better just send messages to on another on Facebook this way you can continue to 'like' each others posts till your fingers hurt. That is all

Don22
Don22

@orange2327 @dkdk  I wouldn't make that trade.  You guys are worth at least a #1 pick each.  But if they considered taking Bailey too, I might consider it.  ;-)

dkdk
dkdk

Orange if I wasn't indoctrinated in 1972 I would gladly accept a trade at this point.

dkdk
dkdk

Your view of freedom of speech ties back nicely to Obamas so for that you should be proud. So let's see when people share opinions they are "ganging up" and when people form some web based friendship that is also wrong. Good to know Bradley, good to know.

And by the way getting a 5th rounder from orange and myself is almost what snow got for Vanek.

orange2327
orange2327

@brian thats right brian cause your posts are chock full of insight and wisdom keep punching buddy.

orange2327
orange2327

@dkdk you know I wouldnt trust snow making deals on a blog much less with an actual nhl club.

dkdk
dkdk

You know when we posted something new? When halak signed which was great. When we trade for Kane like so many thing we will, we will talk hockey. When we sign Gaborik as a UFA we will talk hockey. When we don't go ofer November we will talk hockey. When we win a round we will talk hockey. When wang gives us an effin reason to talk hockey we do. When does the clown owner gives us a chance to talk hockey? It is like Hayley's Comet.

dkdk
dkdk

I think in his fantasy league they have the rule that the commissioner has to approve all trades.

orange2327
orange2327

@dkdk yeah dk cause bettman always has the best interests of the isles dont cha know. That chummy little partnership with wang the deal with neulion streaming nhl content yada yada.

dkdk
dkdk

Good old Bettman keeps the coyotes more than competitive for years and does ungats for us. Maybe he wants to have an owner shorter than him in he league.

orange2327
orange2327

@dkdk hahahahahahahaha good one. Inferiority complex eh??

jepliberty
jepliberty

@orange2327 

Yeah a Napoleon complex, and both with the same demeanor, can we exile Wang to the island of Elba also?