LoMo not surprised, definitely excited to return to Rays
When the Rays shifted Brad Miller from SS to 1B toward the end of last season, it didn't look good for 1B Logan Morrison's chances to return. When Morrison then hurt his left wrist and needed season-ending surgery, a reunion seemed even less likely.
But with the Rays unexpectedly trading 2B Logan Forsythe, and then deciding to move Miller to 2B to replace him, and then deciding they didn't necessarily have to replace Forsythe with a right-handed bat, Morrison ended up getting that chance after all.
And with his one-year, $2.5-million deal, which includes another $1.25-million in incentives, finalized on Tuesday, Morrison made it clear how happy he was to return.
"You learn through baseball and life experiences that anything can happen, so I wasn't surprised because of that, but I'm very happy to be coming back,'' Morrison told the Times via text message. "I love the Tampa/St. Pete area and look forward to coming back and competing with the guys again.''
The Rays sought to pair Morrison with Chris Carter, but lost out on the powerful but strikeout prone righty hitter when he opted for a $3.5-million deal with the Yankees instead. Though agent Dave Stewart wouldn't share details, the decision seemed to come down to money as Stewart said "Chris felt the opportunity was the same.''
Though there are still free agent (C Matt Wieters, OF Franklin Gutierrez, 1B./DH Billy Butler) and trade (CJ Cron, Byung Ho Park) options, the Rays also could decide to wait until seeing who becomes available during the spring, feeling they have a fallback option in Rickie Weeks, who was signed last week to a minor-league deal.
Morrison said his wrist is healing well and he expects to be ready for the start of the season.