Zunino, Rays reach new 1-year, $4.5M deal
The deal includes a 2021 club option worth another $4.5 million, with the potential to grow to $5.25 million with incentives. That gives the Rays the ability to take it to the bank on Zunino having a bounce-back season at the plate and improve behind the plate as well to get these incentives.
With the Atlanta Braves signing C/1B Travis d’Arnaud for a 2 year 16$ Million deal, which we knew the Rays more then likely wouldn’t bring him back after splitting the 2019 season with three teams and being 31 years old the Rays may have felt it was best to part ways and continue with this “youth” movement.
Hopefully this re-signing of Zunino is to ensure a solid backup catcher and bring someone else in for the majority load of the catching duties.
We’ll see what other moves the Rays will be making with the MLB Winter meetings coming up very soon in San Diego.
Looking forward to the 2020 season hopefully the Rays will bring someone in to compete for the majority role and as we’ll someone who will help improve with the bats and defense that d’Arnaud brought to the table.