With the Rule 5 draft coming up, the 40-man rosters need to be finalized in just a few hours. On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Rays designated veteran catcher Jose Molina for assignment because they needed to make room. This was first reported by Marc Topkin from the Tampa Bay Times. Molina is set to make $2.75-million next season, the end of a two-year deal.
The Rays have 10 days to work out a trade or release Molina. However, Molina was ranked among the top catchers in framing pitches last season, according to StatCorner.com. If he is released, that statistic may draw in takers for the veteran man behind the plate.
Molina has been in the league for 15-years. He has played for the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays. He played for the Cubs way back in 1999.
In his career, the 39-year-old has slashed .233/.282/.327 and has blasted just 39 home runs and has 223 RBI’s. He has dealt with injuries over the years and has had a few back-up catcher stints. That is why he has only played in 100 or more games twice in his career. He played 100 games in 2008 and 102 games in 2012.