"It's great to be back here in Toronto, but in a different way, as a visitor this time," Molina said before Tuesday's game against his former team. "I enjoyed it here, but you've just got to move on."
Molina signed as a free agent with the Rays, his third American League East team. The 36-year-old spent part of the 2007 season and all of '08 and '09 with the Yankees. The Rays have a good, young pitching staff that they have developed from their system. The Blue Jays are trying to do the same.
"They have a great young pitching staff here," Molina said. "I enjoy it a lot, and hopefully I can help them, too."
But he was hesitant to make comparisons, yet, because Toronto hasn't had the recent success of Tampa Bay.
"There could be a comparison later on," Molina said. "I don't know if you can compare them, right now. Toronto hasn't been in the playoffs in I don't know how long [1993 when they won their second World Series in a row], but they're on the right track."
If the Blue Jays do develop into contenders this season, they will have to deal with the Rays.
"We're going to have a great chance," Molina said, "if we keep playing the way we are. We know we can pitch, we can catch the ball, we're going to be there. It's a just a matter of time. We'll see in September."