Molina with the New York Mets
|Southern Maryland Blue Crabs – No. 23|
February 24, 1982 |
La Guaira, Venezuela
|April 2, 2007, for the Chicago White Sox|
(through 2011 season)
|Runs batted in||1|
Gustavo Molina (born February 24, 1982 in La Guaira, Venezuela) is a Venezuelan professional baseball catcher. Molina bats and throws right-handed. He currently plays for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
Molina was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Chicago White Sox on January 3, 2000. He spent seven years in the minor leagues with the White Sox organization before making his major league debut on April 2, 2007, with the White Sox. He was on the White Sox' opening day roster due to backup catcher Toby Hall being placed on the disabled list. During Molina's short one-and-a-half month tenure with the White Sox, he went 1–18 with one RBI. He got his first hit against the New York Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field. Shortly after, once Hall returned, he was sent down to the minors.
In December 2007, Molina signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets and became a free agent at the end of the season. On December 23, 2008, he signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals.
On January 29, 2010 the Boston Red Sox signed Molina to a minor league contract.
On June 29, 2010, he was purchased to replace Víctor Martínez, who was placed on the DL. On July 18, he was designated for assignment. Molina was one of six catchers Boston used during the 2010 season.
Molina signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the New York Yankees for the 2011 season. He made six plate appearances for the Yankees, recording one hit before being optioned back to Triple-A. For the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, Molina recorded a .239 batting average, two home runs and 17 runs batted in. He was designated for assignment on August 19, and returned to the minors.
For the 2012 season, Molina re-signed with the Yankees organization, and opened the season with their AA Eastern League affiliate in Trenton.
- Press Release announcing waiver claim
- Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Yankees Claim Laffey, Designate Gustavo Molina". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 19 August 2011.