The Tampa Bay Rays have re-signed Logan Morrison to a major league deal valued at $2.5M. This comes as a surprise considering the names the Rays have been linked to over the past month.
Morrison will likely take back his first base job from 2016, sliding Brad Miller over to second base, taking over for the recently traded Logan Forsythe.
During the 2016 season, Morrison got off to one of the worst starts in franchise history, but around mid-May he turned things around and gave the Rays a solid offensive season, at least until injuries ended things prematurely as he would eventually undergo season ending wrist surgery.
The Rays currently have a full 40-man roster, and so they will have to make another move to clear a spot for Morrison.
Meanwhile, the Rays have also signed Rickie Weeks to a minor league deal, whom Danny suggested the Rays target in his article from yesterday.
Rickie Weeks hasn't been in the spotlight this offseason, but offers an intriguing opportunity if the Rays can pick up the former starting second baseman on a minor league deal. Last year he played in Arizona, appearing in 108 games for only 205 PA as an outfielder, but showing that he hasn't missed a beat against left handed pitching. He could be an intriguing utility defender for 2017.
Weeks is one of the former top ten prospects in the game and as Marc Topkin noted on twitter, the Rays nearly drafted him over Delmon Young during the 2003 draft.
Still more to come as the Rays will announce their 40-man roster move at some point in the coming hours.