According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Rays may have their starting catcher back next season.
Tampa Bay Rays making progress in effort to retain Jose Molina. Could be a two-year deal.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 21, 2013
Molina, 38, made $1.5M in each of the last two seasons with the Rays, appearing in 201 games across both seasons.
Known for his ability to frame pitches and influence catcher decisions on balls and strikes, Molina had his best season at the plate since 2009. Despite his .233/.290/.304 batting line, Molina hit 50 singles, 14 doubles, and two home runs.
We will update with more news if and when it breaks.UPDATE - 5:50 PM
#Rays, C Jose Molina indeed working on a 2-year deal. Would pair again w/Lobaton. Could be final next week. @Buster_ESPN 1st reported— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) November 21, 2013