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Rays exercise 2014 options on Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar

Nov 2, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

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As expected, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have exercised their 2014 options on Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar.

It was an easy call to retain the versatile Zobrist for $7 million after he batted .275/.354/.402 with 12 home runs and 71 RBI this past season. The Rays still hold a $7.5 million team option on him for 2015. As for Escobar, he’ll be back at a $5 million salary after he batted .256/.332/.366 with nine home runs and 56 RBI during his first season in Tampa while providing excellent defense at shortstop. Like Zobrist, the Rays still have a $5 million team option to keep him around for 2015.

The Rays have until Sunday to make a call on David DeJesus‘ option ($6.5 million) while a decision on Juan Carlos Oviedo ($2 million) is due by Monday.

  1. georgejarkko - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Zobrist has it pretty good in Tampa – not a lot of pressure, fun manager and they let his wife sing the national anthem once in a while. He could probably make more elsewhere but not in as pleasant an environment.

    • gbrim - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Lots of good things about the Rays, but playing in front of the smallest home crowds year after year, despite being a good team, probably makes the situation a lot less pleasant than it should be.

      • hcf95688 - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        They’ll love Montreal.

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