Rays pick up options on Shields and Molina

by Matthew on October 31, 2012

The Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin reported on Tuesday that the Rays are expected to pick up catcher Jose Molina’s $1.8 million club option for the 2013 season.

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It’s that or buy out the 37-year-old brother of Bengie for $300,000.

The Rays obviously have plans, but what they are is unclear, as they sign a player who seems likely to serve as a backup for Tampa Bay again in 2013, unless Tampa can find itself a fulltime catcher on the open market this winter.

Although playing a usual brand of steady defense, Molina did not hit well last season with the Rays, managing just a .223/.286/.355 (80 OPS+) in 102 games.

However, he threw out 33 percent of attempted base stealers compared to a league rate of 25 percent is a more than adequate pitch caller from behind the plate.

Meanwhile, the Rays will also pick up pitcher James Shields’ $10.25 million club option for 2013.

Shields posted a 3.52 ERA in 30 starts this season and was a bargain at this price.

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