Molina option expected to be picked up
The Rays are expected to pick up the $1.8-million option on C Jose Molina.
By doing so, the Rays at the least will have a capable backup for 2013. And if they can't find a front-line catcher, they could use Molina in a more extensive role as they did this season.
Molina hit .223 with eight homers and 32 RBIs in 102 games, though finished strong with a .325 average in September. But his true worth is behind the plate and though there were some lapses, the Rays were pleased with his overall work with the pitching staff, particularly his framing of pitches.
Molina made $1.5-million in 2012. If the Rays didn't pick up the option they would have owed a $300,000 buyout.
The Times reported earlier today the Rays have already told James Shields they are picking up his $10.25-millioin option, and the $2.5-million option on RHP Fernando Rodney is a no-brainer. That leaves a decision on DH Luke Scott, whom they can bring back for $6-million or pay a $1-million buyout and potentially try to re-sign for less.