The Rays are going to designate Jose Molina for assignment according to Marc Topkin of

The Rays need to make the move to clear space on the 40-man roster for minor leaguers they need to protect from the Rule 5 draft.

The Rays will almost certainly have to eat the $2.75 million Molina is owed for the 2015 season unless they can work out a trade in the next 10 days.

A quick recap of the basics at work here which can be complicated

What is the 40-man roster? MLB teams have two “big league rosters.” First is the 25-man roster. Those are the players that are active and playing in the big leagues (or on the DL). The other is the 40-man roster. This includes the players on the 25-man roster and up to 15 players in the minors who can be brought up to the big leagues at any time (if somebody is hurt or gets released or traded).

The Rays can really call up any minor leaguer. But if the player is not on the 40-man roster, they need to be added before they are promoted. If there are already 40 players on the 40-man roster, somebody needs to be designated for assignment.

What is DFA? This basically means a player is being cut. First thing that happens is the player is placed on waivers and can be claimed by anybody. If that happens, the new team takes over the contract and the Rays save money. This rarely happens.

The Rays also have 10 days to work out a trade. Again, if the player is traded the new team takes over the contract and the Rays don’t have to pay. This also rarely happens.

Finally, if 10 days go by and nothing happens, the Rays can then release the player and they then have to pay the remaining salary on the contract.

But the important thing is that now there is an open spot on the 40-man roster.

What is the Rule 5 Draft? This is a special draft that is designed to protect players stuck in the minor leagues.

Let’s say the Rays had a super-duper awesome third baseman but he wasn’t being called up because Evan Longoria is super-duperier. The Rays can only keep the younger player in the minor leagues for so many years before they have to add him to the 40-man roster (which comes with a raise and a guarantee that he will only be in the minors for a maximum of 3 more years).

If the Rays don’t add that player to the 40-man roster after so many years (4 or 5 depending on when drafted) they are eligible for the Rule 5 draft.

If another team drafts the player they have to keep that player in the Major Leagues for the entire next season or give him back to the Rays (for a small fee).



  1. Woodrow744 says:

    When Joe left town, I'm sure Jose started packing his bags. I just never understood the two year contract - it must have been tied to David Price somehow, with the hope that DP would hang around until the end of 2015. But let's look at some of these contracts being tossed around: Stanton at 300mil from the Marlins? Martin at 85mil from the Jays? Molina's amount is nothing- he sure would look good in a Cubs uniform!

  2. Craig says:

    I appreciate Molina but it's time for him to move into some sort of coaching role. Watching him play last season was a combination of amusing and horrifying. If Molina gets cut, I think it's just time they think he should move on. 40 man roster? Who do the Rays have that would be taken in the Rule 5 draft anyway? Best of luck to Molina whatever happens.

  3. Dave L says:

    In the past couple of years the actual number of rule 5 draftees who have actually been outright snatched and held is only a handful and half of the draftees have been ultimately returned to the home club.

    The real action has been more centered on the more experienced players who get cut or traded to make room for the promising youngsters. Thats become the more interesting aspect of this time of year, not the draft itself.

  4. NewTampaChris says:

    If the player is unclaimed and no trade is done in ten days, can the player be sent to the minors?

    • Alex says:

      They can if they accept being outrighted. Otherwise they can leave via free agency. I believe that's how it works

  5. TOM says:

    Finally they're getting rid of that worthless tub of lard. Who ever was responsible for signing that fat ass to a two year contract 2.75 per should be fired.


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