By Sean McAdam
Bengie Molina isn't the answer for the Red Sox.
Maybe the Sox ownership will loosen the purse strings and green-light the signing of Molina. Then what?
Molina has been in retirement since last November, when the World Series ended. He didn't take part in spring training this year, and even if he's been keeping himself active -- hitting in a cage, catching bullpen sessions -- it's likely he would need almost a monthat the minimum to round into Major League playing shape. By then, it would be nearly mid-June and more than a third of the season will be over.
If the Sox are looking for more offense from the catching position -- they've gotten almost nothing from the duo of Jason Varitek and Jarrod Saltalamacchia to date -- it's worth noting that Molina hit a whopping .249 in 118 games split between the Giants and Yankees.
That represents an upgrade over the two catchers currently on the Red Sox roster, but it's not about to kick-start the entire lineup.
If the Red Sox are looking for someone to better call games and handle pitchers, it will take time for Molina to familiarize himself with the current staff. And other than the 57 games over the final 2 12 months of last season, Molina last regularly caught in the American League five years ago, meaning he'll need time to acclimate himself to A.L. personnel.
One area which definitely needs improving behind the plate for the Red Sox is throwing. Combined, Saltalamacchia and Jason Varitek have thrown out just eight would-be base-stealers all year. Last year, Molina gunned down 23-percent of baserunners -- an upgrade, to be sure, but not considered even league-average.
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Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.
The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.
Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.
The full list of finalists is here. The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN
The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.
Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.
CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.
The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.
The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.
The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.
The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.