Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Ouch! Bengie Molina disses Mets

It had been a foregone conclusion that Bengie Molina would sign with the New York Mets after coming off a demand for a multi-year contract. So imagine the surprise generated all around baseball by a report that Molina chose to re-sign with the San Francisco Giants for one year at $4.5 million.

Molina was supposed to be an integral part of the Mets' makeover, hitting in the middle of the line-up with new acquisition Jason Bay and bringing stability to the backstop position. Omar Minaya was constantly fielding questions about Molina, including at the press conference to introduce Bay. Last week, the two sides were reportedly closing in on a deal. So what happened? When did it all fall apart? I'll be watching closely over the next few days to see the spin on this one.

Could the Mets recent public relations disaster with Carlos Beltran have contributed to Molina's decision? Unclear, but it probably didn't help. A free agent wants to know that the team he is choosing to play for is going to treat him well. With the Mets publicly calling out their outfielder for a supposedly unsanctioned surgical procedure, Molina could not have been too confident that things would work out for him in New York.

Thanks to Lizzy Ramone via Wikipedia for the photo.

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