Rays working to re-sign Jose Molina

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Tampa Bay signed Jose Molina in 2012, at age 37, and gave him the most playing time of his career. He didn’t hit much, posting a .616 OPS in two seasons to more or less match his career norms, but the Rays love his defense behind the plate.

And now Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that they’re working to re-sign Molina, likely to a two-year contract. That would cover his age-39 and age-40 seasons, although in Molina’s case it’s not like he’s at any danger of losing speed and athleticism.

As long as he can catch–and most importantly frame the hell out of pitches–he’ll add value.

Report: Pirates sign Felipe Rivero to four-year contract extension

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.

Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.

Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.

Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”