Yankees acquire C Jose Molina from Angels for minor league reliever
Molina, a defensive specialist, was batting .228 with no homers and 10 RBIs in 123 at-bats for the AL West-leading Angels, who have a surplus of catchers.
Molina has been in the Angels' organization since 2001 and played on the World Series winning team in 2002.
"Really it's still a shock," Molina said after going 0-for-2 in the Angels' 5-2 loss at Minnesota on Saturday night. "It's hard sometimes to take it because you have been here for so many years. But the way I have to see it is it's a new opportunity."
"The game moves on," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's going to be a good opportunity for Jose to go to an organization that's timeless."
Kennard was 1-4 with a 2.73 ERA in 31 relief appearances at Double-A Trenton. The right-hander was selected in the 40th round of the 2000 draft.
"He's a guy who's been on our radar for a while," Scioscia said. "He's certainly a guy with a good arm who we're happy to get."
The Yankees, hoping to climb back into the AL East race, were seeking a better backup for All-Star catcher Jorge Posada. Wil Nieves began the day batting .138 with no home runs and six RBIs in 58 at-bats.
The deal comes 10 days before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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