Although it still has not been confirmed yet, apparently the Mets and Bengie Molina are on the verge of agreeing to a two-year deal. While the smoke might just now be clearing away from our eyesockets in the wake of lazer beams shooting straight from them, it might be useful for our collective sanity to consider some of the positives from this deal.
I was tempted to leave this space blank, but, in all (or, maybe partial) seriousness, here are some of the not-so-egregious elements to this signing.
1. Hey, he's not that bad. Sure giving (reportedly) $12 million to a fat, slow catcher who can't get on base is far from a brilliant move, but he's also not completely worthless. He's been worth in the neighborhood of 2 WAR for the past several seasons, and at least has a little pop. He's basically a somewhat healthier version of Ramon Castro, and we kind of liked that dude. And while Brian Schneider had the occasional big hit, let's face it, the guy was not very productive at the plate. Yeah, he had a higher OBP than Molina is likely to post, but that's true of pretty much all Major League talent. So this is a slight upgrade, though clearly not worth the money.
2. At least Minaya recognizes that Omir Santos is not the solution behind the plate. Sure, signing seemingly every aged catcher on the market is not a good solution either, but apparently Omar has not quite bought into the Omir legend, or else he wouldn't be so desperate to find anyone else to be the starting catcher. Let's think of Omar as a slightly dimmer version of the Wolf - as if he were played by David Arquette instead of Harvey Keitel.
3. Mike Francesa still looks like a bit of an idiot. Yes, he broke the big Jason Bay news, but he also said that the Mets and Molina were at an impasse. And yet on the very same day it's reported that a deal is imminent. It's almost as if management went out of their way to knock Mikey down a peg even as they leaked the major story. "We'll give you one, but we're gonna make sure we don't give you too big a head."
Yeah, that's all I got.