Since leaving the Tampa Bay Rays organization to join the Los Angeles Dodgers, Andrew Friedman has completed one trade with his former team for relievers Joel Peralta and Adam Liberatore.
According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, Friedman reverted back to his time with the Rays to sign reliever Jose Molina to a Minor League deal. Eddy offered this quick assessment of the career Minor-Leaguer:
Dominican lefty Jose Molina spent his first seven pro seasons as a reliever in the Rays system, the organization from whence Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman came. Despite throwing three quality pitches, Molina with the Rays climbed only to high Class A Charlotte, where he spent 2014.
As Eddy notes, Molina only reached High-A during the seven seasons he spent with the Rays. Molina’s spent the majority of his career thus far with the Rays’ rookie-level team, where he held a 3.84 ERA over 117.1 innings pitched in 43 games, including three starts.
Molina’s first experience at the High-A level last season didn’t go particularly well as he finished 5-5 with a 3.78 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in 64.1 innings. His 45 strikeouts and 33 walks were good for a 1.36 strikeout-to-walk ratio, which was the second-lowest of his career — ahead of only the 1.24 ratio during his rookie season.
Now with the Dodgers organization, Molina will likely spend time in High-A Rancho Cucamonga or Low-A Great Lakes next season.