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Rays pick up options on three

Updated: October 31, 2012, 10:30 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays exercised contract options Wednesday on pitcher James Shields, closer Fernando Rodney and catcher Jose Molina.

The team also declined its $6 million option on designated hitter Luke Scott, instead paying him a $1 million buyout.

Shields, who was 15-10 with a 3.52 ERA last season, gets a $9.5 million salary next year rather than a $1.5 million buyout. The 30-year-old right-hander ranked third in the American League in innings (227 2-3), fourth ...

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