Rays expected to designate Jose Molina for assignment

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are expected to designate catcher Jose Molina for assignment ahead of the 40-man roster deadline, which is at midnight.

The Rays owe Molina $2.75 million for the 2015 season, but they obviously feel they can do better. The 39-year-old batted just .178/.230/.187 over 247 plate appearances this past season, his third consecutive season in which his offensive production declined precipitously.

The Rays have 10 days to work out a trade with another team involving Molina, which would absolve them of some or all of the money they owe him.