If you could draw up a player that doesn’t fit the Mets team and their new stadium, that player would be Bengie Molina. As part of my full disclosure, I’ll tell you that I can’t stand Yadier Molina. Sure, it goes back years now to 2006. But it’s hard for me to picture in my mind a Met player with “Molina” on the back of his jersey.
Bengie ended up signing a 1-year/$4.5 million deal to go back to the Giants and I couldn’t be happier. I wrote that I’d like to see the Mets go into the season with a Santos/Thole platoon behind the plate. The biggest reason was because the list of free agent catchers this year is so weak. That won’t happen because Henry Blanco will be on the roster. But I can live with that.
Molina has some nice offensive stats but a 35 year-old, overweight catcher is just what the Mets don’t need right now. That’s not the profile of the type of player that the Mets should be committing their financial resources to. The Mets would be much better served to put a little more money into a starting pitcher than they had planned, and work on upgrading at first base.
Doug Davis signed with the Brewers but that’s not a huge loss for the Mets. Joel Pineiro, Jerrod Washburn, and Jon Garland are still out there. At first base, the Mets could make a huge improvement over Daniel Murphy at minimal cost for only a one year commitment. Hank Blalock, and Russell Branyan would both be upgrades that have the power to get out of Citi Field. Of course, Blalock is an injury waiting to happen. But he’s worth a shot for one year. Even Chad Tracy would be a nice right-handed compliment to Murphy.
All in all, I couldn’t be happier that Molina won’t be in Queens this year except as a visiting player. The Mets need to focus their attention on areas that can make an impact this season, the rotation and first base.