Rays Expected To Exercise Jose Molina’s Option

The Rays are expected to exercise their $1.8MM option on catcher Jose Molina for 2013, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter).  The move effectively costs the Rays $1.5MM as Molina’s buyout was worth $300K.

At the very least, Molina provides Tampa Bay with a capable backup as they work with a limited budget this winter.  The backstop hit .223/.286/.355 with eight homers in 274 plate appearances last year but was worked exceptionally well with the club’s pitchers. 

The Rays now have just two options remaining in Fernando Rodney and Luke Scott.  Rodney is expected to be retained at $2.5MM while Scott will likely get a buyout of $1MM over a $6MM salary.

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