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Free-agent catcher Jose Molina has signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract with the Tampa Bay Rays that includes an option for the 2013 season, major-league sources told FOXSports.com.
Molina, 36, is known for his expert handling of pitchers and has an intimate knowledge of the Rays' opponents in the American League East after spending the last four and a half seasons with the Yankees and Blue Jays. He's coming off one of the best offensive years of his career, posting a .281/.342/.415 line in 55 games with Toronto.
Tampa Bay has three other catchers on its 40-man roster: Jose Lobaton, Robinson Chirinos, and Nevin Ashley. Molina will give the Rays the veteran, right-handed-hitting presence they are losing with the expected departure of Kelly Shoppach.
The Rays, knowing the Molina deal was imminent, dealt incumbent catcher John Jaso to Seattle on Sunday for reliever Josh Lueke.
Catchers have been signing at a higher rate this off-season than players at all other positions: Free agents Rod Barajas (Pirates), Henry Blanco (Diamondbacks), Matt Treanor (Dodgers), Brian Schneider (Phillies), and Gerald Laird (Tigers) have already agreed to contracts for next year.
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The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a deal with veteran catcher Jose Molina according to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.
Last week, we learned that the team was close to an agreement with Molina. The veteran backup catcher made only $1.2 million last season, fitting perfectly with the Rays' price tag.
The 36-year old also has a lot of experience catching in the AL East. In 2011...
The Tampa Bay Rays have officially announced the signing of catcher Jose Molina to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million with a team option for 2013.The sides agreed to terms on the deal two weeks ago, but opted to wait until after Thanksgiving weekend to make an announcement.The 36-year-old backstop spent last season with the Toronto Blue Jays, batting .281 with three home runs...
ST. PETERSBURG -- Jose Molina isn't sure how many teams showed interest in his talents when he became a free agent...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Catcher Jose Molina and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a $1.8 million, one-year contract.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Catcher Jose Molina and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a $1.8 million, one-year contract.
ROGER MOONEY The Rays are expected to finalize a deal this afternoon with free agent catcher Jose Molina. The Rays hoped to have signed Molina before Thanksgiving, but they did not receive all the medical background on the 36-year-old catcher.…
Catcher Jose Molina and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a $1.8 million, one-year contract. Molina gets a $1.5 million salary for next season under Monday's agreement, and the Rays hold a $1.8 million option for 2013 with a $300,000 buyout. The 36-year-old hit a career-best .281 this year with three homers and 15 RBIs in 55 games.
The Rays addressed their catching needs for next season by officially bringing into the fold veteran receiver Jose Molina on Monday.
The Tampa Bay Rays have signed catcher Jose Molina to a one-year deal.
Jose Molina gets ready to block the plate as Evan Longoria heads home during a game last season in Toronto ROGER MOONEY Jose Molina, the Rays newest catcher, held a conference call with the Tampa Bay media this afternoon after signing a one-year, $1.5 million…
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<span style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">While little of substance has happened in the off-season so far one significant move may have occurred to make an AL East competitor of the Red Sox four games better than they were a year ago. The Tampa Bay Rays have inked catcher Jose Molina to a contract for the 2012 season...
Molina, 36, is a career backup who will form a platoon this season, likely with Jose Lobaton after the trade of John Jaso to Seattle.