Rays expected to designate Jose Molina for assignment


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.