Molina signed; Schmidt leaving

The Giants are slowly piecing a team together at the Winter Meetings. With the addition of Molina, they have insurance behind the plate. But who and where will the Giants turn to replace the ace they've just lost?

The Giants keep busy at the Winter Meetings. On Wednesday, they signed Bengie Molina to a three-year, $16 million deal. This almost ensures that Mike Matheny will not be returning with the Giants next season. It also moves Eliezer Alfonzo to the back-up role.

Molina brings two Gold Gloves with him to San Francisco, and is coming off a good year at the plate. He hit .283 with a career-high 19 homers and 57 RBIs.

"I'm excited about being part of that organization -- so big and so tremendously famous," Molina said. "I'll just do my little part and see what happens."

Molina was part of a 2002 Anaheim Angels team that defeated the Giants in the World Series.

In other news, Jason Schmidt, the Giants' ace for the past few years, is leaving the Giants and will most likely sign with rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Giants have been in the running for many free agent pitchers, but have not come up with anything. Barry Zito is still undecided in where he'll pitch next season, but he is likely to stay in the AL and follow Ron Washington to the Texas Rangers.

At this rate, the Giants will have to trade in order to fill their rotation.

Barry Bonds is at the Winter Meetings, and no teams seem to be interested in acquiring the slugger. The Giants still want Bonds, but no deals have been set on the table yet.



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