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Molina softens criticism of Angels organization

TORONTO -- Blue Jays catcher Bengie Molina backed off his
criticism of the Los Angeles Angels and said Thursday he wishes the
best for his former organization.

Molina, who signed a $5 million, one-year contract with Toronto
in the offseason, said last week he was hurt that the Angels didn't
call him when they let him go.

The 31-year-old Molina hit a career-best .295 last season with
15 homers and 69 RBIs. He won Gold Gloves in 2002 and 2003. He
signed with the Angels when he was 17.

Molina said in a statement Thursday that he was disappointed
when the Angels did not offer him arbitration in December.

"That was then. I never said the Angels treated me badly during
my career with the organization," Molina said. "I have a lot of
respect for my teammates, coaches and manager and, a great
affection for the fans of the Los Angeles Angels. I am excited to
be a Blue Jay and wish everyone in the Angels organization the
best."

Molina was part of an offseason overhaul for Toronto, which also
signed free-agent pitchers A.J. Burnett and B.J. Ryan, and acquired
third baseman Troy Glaus and first baseman Lyle Overbay in trades.