Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays pick up options on Shields, Rodney, Molina, decline option on Scott
Posted Oct 31, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Oct 31, 2012 at 03:32 PM
As expected the Tampa Bay Rays picked up the 2013 options on pitchers James Shields and Fernando Rodney and catcher Jose Molina and declined the 2013 option on designated hitter Luke Scott.
The Rays paid the $1 million buyout on Scott’s contract rather than pay him $6 million this season.
Scott, who hit 14 home runs and drove in 55 runs in 314 at-bats, was limited to 96 games because of back and oblique injuries that twice sent him to the disabled list. Scott said he hoped to return for 2013, and he could be resigned, but it would be for less than the $6 million he would have received.