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Rays to exercise $1.5 million option on Jose Molina

Oct 30, 2012, 7:54 PM EDT

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From Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times comes word that the Rays are planning to exercise catcher Jose Molina‘s $1.8 million club option for the 2013 season. It was that or pay a $300,000 buyout.

Molina batted .223/.286/.355 with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 102 games this season for the Rays while playing his usual brand of steady defense. He had a .281/.342/.415 slash line in 2011 with Toronto.

The 37-year-old brother of Bengie and Yadier seems likely to serve as a backup for Tampa Bay again in 2013, but he could take on a more involved role if the Rays can’t find themselves a front-line catcher on the open market this winter. There won’t be many available.

Molina has a .618 career OPS against righties and a .662 OPS against lefties, so a platoon is a possibility.

  1. raysfan1 - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    No brainer

  2. vincecully - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    That’s the first picture of Jose where I can see a resemblance to Yadier.

  3. Gardenhire's Cat - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    The headline is a bit off, as Molina’s option is $1.8 million regardless of the buyout.

  4. Rockie D. Bull - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    I am not in favor of this move, Keppinger would have been a better choice to move to catcher than resigning the lame, over-the-hill, washed up (except for the Rays) Molina. The Rays need a better answer at catcher and it is not the ancient Jose.

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