Ben Zobrist option exercised by Rays

Updated: November 2, 2013, 3:00 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have exercised options on All-Star Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar.

Zobrist hit .275 while starting games at four different positions and leading AL second basemen in fielding percentage this year. He will earn $7 million in 2014, and the Rays hold a $7.5 million option on him for 2015 with a $500,000 buyout.

Escobar will get $5 million after playing in a career-high 153 games and leading major league shortstops with a .989 fielding percentage this season. There's also a $5 million option on Escobar for 2015.

The Rays must decide on a $6.5 million option on outfielder David DeJesus by midnight Sunday. The team has until Monday night to decide on a $2 million option on pitcher Juan Oviedo.


Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press

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