Beams Nearing Deal With Mike Zunino

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By Jeff Todd | November 25, 2019 at 2:22pm CDTThe Rays are approaching concurrence on an agreement with barrier Mike Zunino, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (by means of Twitter). Whenever settled true to form, he’ll gain $4.5MM for the 2020 crusade and stay leveled out in the 2021 season with a $4.5MM club choice.

Zunino was anticipated to gain $4.9MM by means of discretion by MLBTR and donor Matt Swartz. That was a large enough entirety that it appeared to be conceivable he’d be non-offered by the frugal Tampa Bay association. Be that as it may, with Travis d’Arnaud going to Atlanta, the Rays chose to cling to a realized amount to combine with Michael Perez behind the dish.

The course of action that the sides have settled upon pays Zunino somewhat not exactly may have been envisioned, however it’s well inside the scope of conceivable results for his mediation case. He’ll maintain a strategic distance from the dangers of the open market. The club will have the option to accomplish an incentive through the alternative if Zunino executes as trusted. The alternative year incorporates a lift arrangement that permits Zunino to support the potential compensation by up to $750K dependent on the quantity of plate appearances he takes in 2020, per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (by means of Twitter).

Zunino, 28, is an esteemed protector who has now and again been very profitable with the bat. Be that as it may, he’s falling off of a forgettable 2019 hostile season. Zunino sliced just .165/.232/.312 over his 289 plate appearances, with the leaving d’Arnaud taking a greater amount of the reps through the span of the period.

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