Jul 21, 2007

Amidst blow out, Yanks acquire Molina

As announced on YES during tonight's game, the Yanks traded Jeff Kennard (of Double-A Trenton) to Anaheim for backup catcher Jose Molina.

Kennard, who turns 26 in four days, has posted for his career:
2.99 era, 329 k, 188 bb, 1.32 whip.

Molina is a weak-hitting but very good defensive catcher. He turned 32 in early June. His career (that spans just 372 games): 63 OPS+, .238/.276/.339. But his D is outstanding - for his career, he's caught over 41% of potential base stealers. Nieves, on the other hand, has caught just 24%.

Odd that during the game that a new backup catcher was acquired, Wil Nieves had probably his best (offensive) game of the season - he went 2-3 with two doubles, but also made two errors...

Good move, but nothing groundbreaking. I just hope Kennard doesn't turn into another Scot Shields.

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