The Tampa Bay Rays officially announced late Monday night that they re-signed catcher Jose Molina to a two-year deal worth $4.5 million.
The contract pays Molina $1.75 in 2014 and $2.75 in 2015.
Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Molina, who joined the organization in 2012, will return for two more seasons because of the value he provides on defense.
“Jose does a lot of things behind the plate in terms of preparation,” Friedman said. “His veteran experience and hand at helping our pitchers through the season is something that oftentimes the pitchers get all the credit for - and rightfully so - but I think that he has played a large role in the run-prevention side the last few years as well.”
Molina started a career-high 87 games in 2013 while forming a tandem with Jose Lobaton. Friedman said Monday he wasn’t sure how the two will share the duties next season, when Molina turns 39.
“It’s too early to say right now,” Friedman said.
Friedman did add that having Molina and Lobaton, who is in his first season of arbitration eligibility, in the fold won’t prevent him from searching for an upgrade at catcher if one was to present itself.
Molina will donate $40,000 to the Rays Baseball Foundation.