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Yanks acquire C Jose Molina from Angels
07/21/2007 10:32 PM ET
The Yankees announced today that they have acquired catcher Jose Molina from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jeff Kennard.

Molina, 32, was batting .224 (28-for-125) with 10 RBIs in 40 games (37 starts at catcher) with the Angels this season. He has hit safely in 25 of his 37 starts and has thrown out seven of 25 base-stealers (28 percent) this season. In 2006, Molina appeared in a career-high 78 games (71 starts) and threw out 41 percent (19-of-46) of baserunners while posting five pickoffs. He batted .240 with four home runs and 22 RBIs while recording career highs in hits (54) and doubles (17).

Now in his eighth Major League season, the Puerto Rico native has appeared in 373 career games and owns a .238 lifetime batting average. He was originally selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 14th round of the 1993 First-Year Player Draft. He is one of three Molina brothers currently playing in the Majors (Bengie in San Francisco, and Yadier in St. Louis).

Kennard, 25, was 1-4 with a 2.73 ERA in 31 relief appearances with Double-A Trenton this season (52.2 IP, 49 H, 22 R, 16 ER, 17 BB, 47 K). Now in his seventh season of professional baseball, Kennard was originally selected by the Yankees in the 40th round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft.

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