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Monday, November 28, 2011
Rays add catcher Jose Molina

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The Tampa Bay Rays signed veteran catcher Jose Molina to a one-year deal on Monday.

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 signing comes one day after the Rays traded catcher John Jaso to Seattle for pitcher Josh Lueke and a player to be named later or cash.

The 36-year-old Molina 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).

Information from ESPN.com's Jayson Stark and The Associated Press was used in this report.