Rays convey again C Zunino on $four.5 million deal

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FILE PHOTO: Sep 29, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Mike Zunino (10) talks to teammate beginning pitcher Blake Snell (four) throughout the third inning at an MLB recreation in opposition to the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Necessary Credit score: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports activities

The Tampa Bay Rays and catcher Mike Zunino agreed to a $four.5 million contract for the 2020 season on Monday, avoiding arbitration.

The crew has a 2021 choice, additionally for $four.5 million, with compensation probably rising to $5.25 million with incentives.

Zunino, 28, hit .165 with 9 dwelling runs and 32 RBIs in 90 video games final season. Whereas he’ll be in search of a bounce-back season on the plate, his protection stays his calling card, as he threw out 38.6 p.c of tried base stealers (17 of 44) final season, the third-best mark within the majors.

Zunino spent the primary six seasons of his main league profession with the Seattle Mariners earlier than being despatched to the Rays final November in a five-player commerce. He has a profession batting common of .202 with 104 dwelling runs and 273 RBIs in 677 video games.

He was the third general decide within the 2012 draft, making his main league debut a few yr later.

—Area Degree Media