Jose Molina and Rays agree to $1.8 million deal

Catcher Jose Molina and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a $1.8

million, one-year contract.

Molina gets a $1.5 million salary for next season under Monday’s

agreement, and the Rays hold a $1.8 million option for 2013 with a

$300,000 buyout.

The 36-year-old hit a career-best .281 this year with three

homers and 15 RBIs in 55 games. He is keeping up his tour of the AL

East following stints with the New York Yankees (2007-09) and

Toronto (2010-11). He has thrown of 62 of 170 runners attempting to

steal in the last four seasons, at 36.5 the top percentage in the

big leagues.

The brother of Bengie and Yadier Molina, he also has played for

the Chicago Cubs (1999) and the Angels (2001-07).