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Tampa Bay Rays bring back catcher Mike Zunino on one-year option

Oct 11, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Mike Zunino (10) hits a double against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning during game four of the 2021 ALDS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 11, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Mike Zunino (10) hits a double against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning during game four of the 2021 ALDS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays exercised a one-year, $7 million option on catcher Mike Zunino, bringing back the nine-year veteran for another season.

A year ago, the Rays declined a $4.5 million option on Zunino but re-signed him to a $2 million deal instead with an option for 2022. That option increased to $7 million on games-played incentives.

Zunino, 30, batted .216 with a career-best 33 home runs in 2021 to go along with 62 RBIs. He also had a career-best .860 OPS in 109 games and was an All-Star for the first time.

In 814 career games with the Seattle Mariners (2013-18) and Rays, Zunino is a .202 hitter with a .689 OPS and has 141 home runs with 345 RBIs.

–Field Level Media