Yankees Press Release:
The New York Yankees announced today they have signed catcher Jose Molina to a two-year contract. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated infielder Andy Phillips for assignment.
Molina, 32, was acquired by the Yankees on July 21, 2007, from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for RHP Jeff Kennard. He hit a combined .257 (49-for-191) with 18R, 13 doubles, 1 HR and 19 RBI in 69 games (53 starts at catcher) with the Angels and Yankees in 2007, throwing out 27.0 percent of attempted base stealers (12-of-43).
In 29 games with the Yankees, Molina batted .318 (21-for-66) with 5 doubles, 1 HR and 9 RBI, hitting safely in 12 of his 16 starts with five multi-hit games. Included was a .355 mark in the month of September (11-for-31), his highest monthly average since July 2002 (.360) with the Angels. He also batted .444 (8-for-18) with runners in scoring position after joining the Yankees.
The Puerto Rico native has appeared in 402 career games over parts or all of eight Major League seasons with the Chicago Cubs, Angels and Yankees. He owns a .243 career batting average (253-for-1,043) with 55 doubles, 16 HR and 107 RBI and has thrown out 37.9 percent of attempted base stealers in his career (91-of-240).
Molina was originally selected by the Cubs in the 14th round of the 1993 First-Year Player Draft. He is one of three Molina brothers currently playing in the Majors (Bengie – San Francisco and Yadier - St. Louis).
Phillips, 30, batted .292 (54-for-185) with 2HR and 25RBI in 61 games with the Yankees in 2007 after joining the club from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on June 19. He was originally selected by the Yankees in the seventh round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft.
Great news about Molina but its to bad about Phillips. It was probably the smart move but he seemed like a nice guy. Good Luck elsewhere