Molina Would Like To Stay With Giants

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bengie Molina would like to return to the San Francisco Giants next season if the team shows him he's wanted.

Molina's agent, Gustavo Marcano, tells The Associated Press he hopes the 35-year-old catcher gets rewarded with the contract he "deserves." Molina headed into the Giants' final home game Thursday with a career-high 20 home runs to go with 79 RBIs as the
cleanup hitter.

Molina's $16 million, three-year contract ends after the season. General manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy both have declined to talk much about next year considering both of their contract situations are unresolved, too.

Sabean received a two-year extension in 2007 that takes him through this year and the Giants have a club option for 2010. Bochy's three-year contract worth roughly $6 million is due to expire.

Molina would like to retire as a Giant and is seeking a multiyear deal, though it's doubtful considering his age and health concerns that the Giants would make such a commitment. They have Buster Posey, the fifth overall pick in the 2008 amateur draft, emerging as the catcher of the future.

Molina said he doesn't want to speak publicly about his future until after the season.