September 26, 2021

Rays Nearing Deal With Mike Zunino (MLB Trade Rumors)

The Rays are nearing agreement on a contract with backstop Mike Zunino, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). If finalized as expected, he’ll earn $4.5MM for the 2020 campaign and remain under control in the 2021 season via club option.

Zunino was projected to earn $4.9MM via arbitration by MLBTR and contributor Matt Swartz. That was a big enough sum that it seemed possible he’d be non-tendered by the budget-conscious Tampa Bay organization. Instead, they’ve worked out an arrangement that pays him a bit less than might have been anticipated and leaves the club with an option if Zunino performs as hoped.

More to come …

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