Jose Molina eyes expanded role with Tampa Bay Rays

FRED GOODALL AP Baseball Writer Published:

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- A career backup with two World Series rings, Jose Molina is excited about having an opportunity to become an everyday catcher with the Tampa Bay Rays.

At least as regular as you reasonably can expect at age 36.

The brother of a couple of other two-time World Series winners, Bengie and Yadier Molina, signed with the Rays this offseason. Manager Joe Maddon envisions a healthy "J-Mo" starting somewhere between 80 and 90 games as the Ray chase their fourth playoff berth in five years.

Molina says he preparing as if he's going to play 162, even though he's never appeared in more than 100 during parts of 12 seasons with the Cubs, Angels, Yankees and Blue Jays.