Blue Jays, Molina reach agreement on one-year deal
Molina will receive a $1.5 million signing bonus and a $3 million salary this year under the agreement, and the deal contains a $7.5 million mutual option for 2007 with a $500,000 buyout.
Molina spent his first eight years with the Los Angeles Angels and hit a career-best .295 last season with 15 home runs and 69 RBI. He won Gold Glove Awards in 2002 and 2003.
Toronto expects to be a contender in the AL East after having an extremely active offseason. Among the players with major-league experience who the Blue Jays added: right-hander A.J. Burnett, closer B.J. Ryan, third baseman Troy Glaus, first baseman Lyle Overbay, infielder John McDonald, catcher Jason Phillips, left-hander Brian Tallet and right-hander Ben Weber.
Phillips and Weber were signed to minor-league contracts.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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