Logan Morrison Re-Signs with Rays: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2017

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 22: Logan Morrison #7 of the Tampa Bay Rays runs out a double during the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on June 22, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Free-agent first baseman Logan Morrison has earned a second season with the Tampa Bay Rays, re-signing with the team on Tuesday in a deal worth $2.5 million over one year, according to MLB Roster Moves.

With the ability to play first base or the outfield, Morrison originally carved his niche in the league as a rotational player who provided some pop off the bench. 

During seasons in which he played in over 100 games, Morrison hit at least 14 home runs each time, including a 2011 campaign that saw him hit 23 long balls and 72 RBI with the then-Florida Marlins

After four seasons with the Marlins, Morrison joined the Seattle Mariners for two years, where he batted .241 with 28 home runs in 245 games. 

The 29-year-old spent last offseason on the free-agent market and penned a one-year, $4.2 million contract with the Rays, via Spotrac.

As their starting first baseman, Morrison played in 107 games with a .238 average and 14 home runs, but he saw his season end early in September due to a wrist injury that required surgery. 

Morrison will now return to a Rays team that was the weak link in the American League East last season, as it was the only team with a losing record. 

The offense was anemic at best, ranking 28th in the league with a .243 team batting average and 24th with 672 runs scored. 

Morrison isn't going to help buck that trend, but the left-handed hitter will add some power to the lineup.


Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com


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