Blue Jays catcher Jose Molina said Saturday that his older brother Bengie still wants to play in the majors. However, Jose made it clear that Bengie only will sign a contract that shows him sufficient respect, seemingly ruling out any chance of a minor-league deal.
Bengie Molina, who turns 37 on July 20, earned $4.5 million last season while playing for both World Series participants, the Giants and Rangers. His .623 OPS was his lowest since 2002, and any interested club surely would wonder how long it would take him to get in game shape.
Jose Molina, a former Yankee, was part of the Jays’ traveling contingent to Tampa on Saturday for a Grapefruit League game against the Yankees. Jose said that Yankees manager Joe Girardi asked him if Bengie planned to resume his career, but Girardi might have inquired only out of curiosity. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said flatly that the team is not looking for outside help at catcher.
Still, the Yankees are not exactly set at the position. Russell Martin, the new starter, is coming off knee surgery, a hip injury and two poor offensive seasons. Jesus Montero has regressed in the past 10 days, scouts say, and is engaged in a “cage fight” with Austin Romine for the backup job, according to Cashman.
— Ken Rosenthal