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Rays Bring Back Mike Zunino

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After the Rays declined the $4.5M club option on Mike Zunino following the World Series, he entered free agency but has found his way back to St. Pete on a cheaper deal. He will make $2M in 2021, with a club option for 2022. He is guaranteed at least $3M, as his club option that ranges from $4M to $7M contains a $1M buyout.

Zunino wasn’t potent with the bat in 2020. He hit to an awful .598 OPS, with a .147/.238/.360 slash. However, his defense was stellar and when TB got to the postseason, Zunino was a major reason they went to the World Series. He hit four postseason homeruns in big spots, while constantly making some incredible picks to save runs with his glove.

The Rays, without a backup and Zunino not having much offensive prowess, will likely be in the market for another catcher, but at least this move gives them a familiar name should they be unsuccessful in finding one.

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