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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Rays’ Mike Zunino: Agrees to one-year deal

Zunino signed a one-year contract with the Rays on Wednesday with a 2022 option, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Zunino was reportedly in “deep talks” with the Rays earlier Wednesday, and he’s now reached a deal to return to his former team. Tampa Bay declined his $4.5 million team option for 2021 in late October, but the 29-year-old should serve in a timeshare at catcher after striking a new agreement. Zunino played 28 games for the Rays during the shortened 2020 season, recording a career-worst .147 batting average with four home runs and 10 RBI.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 16, 2020 at 01:37 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: December 16, 2020 at 06:20 PM (#5994566)
They agreed to an option that they will never exercise - weird for zunino to sign. Maybe it’s a face saving thing

I love the way the Rays do business. Save a million here, save a million there - pretty soon you are talking about real money.

The teams have collectively been pretty sloppy over the last decade in allowing lower level salaries to drift up. Even in a really competitive division, the Rays do really well on small salaries.

   2. Rough Carrigan Posted: December 17, 2020 at 01:44 PM (#5994670)
Hey, Stu Sternberg's next yacht isn't going to pay for itself!
   3. bfan Posted: December 17, 2020 at 08:51 PM (#5994796)
I wonder what it is about great college baseball catchers falling short of expectations for their MLB careers.
   4. bfan Posted: December 17, 2020 at 08:51 PM (#5994797)
I wonder what it is about great college baseball catchers falling short of expectations for their MLB careers.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: December 18, 2020 at 03:22 AM (#5994821)
Pure speculation ... especially since I don't know which Cs you have in mind (I don't follow college ball). I have noted before that most Cs seem to need a good amount of time in the minors, presumably to learn the position defensively and, if that interferes some with their development as a hitter, to add some hitting skills. What I generally found some years ago in poking around was that, usually after a few seasons Cing in the low minors, they usually get something along the lines of a "full" season at AA and another at AAA.

In Zunino's case, regardless of my speculation, he seems to have been rushed. Drafted in 2012 at 21, he played 29 games at A- and 15 at AA that summer. He did well but that's just 44 games. He started the next season already at AAA, he hit just 227/297/478 (great ISO) with a 30% K-rate in 52 games and was brought up to the majors for 52 games. So less than 100 games in the minors and he's Seattle's #1 C.

Matt Wieters was only a disappointment in the sense that he wasn't the 2nd coming of Josh Gibson that for some reason Pecota thought he would be. But he had 5 and 4 WAR seasons and gave Baltimore 18 WAR, 6 WAA. He is a counter-example to my speculation -- 130 games at A+/AA in the year after drafted, another 39 at AAA the next year then in the bigs for good.

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