I wrote yesterday that the Tampa Bay Rays have reached a two-year, $4.5MM deal with 38 year-old catcher, Jośe Molina. A few of the finer details surrounding the deal have surfaced. When the deal is officially announced in the next few days, Molina is projected to make $1.75-million in 2014 (a slight pay cut from 2013, when he made $1.8-million) and then $2.75-million in 2015. All of this is pending a physical Monday or Tuesday.
The question begs: Is this a tacit sign that the Rays are planning on re-signing LHP David Price? After all, Molina is, effectively, Price’s personal catcher.
The deal with Molina comes on the heels of the announcement the Rays added four players (INF Vince Belnome, RHP Jesse Hahn, RHP Kirby Yates and LHP C.J. Riefenhauser) to the 40-man roster. The roster now stands at 38 (pending Molina’s physical) in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft.