Rays to bring back LoMo, add Rickie Weeks
The Rays continue to make moves to add depth and options to their roster, agreeing to bring back 1B Logan Morrison and signing INF Rickie Weeks to a minor league deal.
In re-signing Morrison, who was with them last year and sustained a season-ending wrist injury that required surgery, the Rays now appear set to move Brad Miller to second base to replace Logan Forsythe.
Morrison agreed to a one-year, $2.5-million deal, first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports and since confirmed by the Times. He also can earn close to $1-million additionally through incentives.
The Rays will have to drop someone off their 40-man roster to make room, with relievers Eddie Gamboa, Ryan Garton or (via trade) Erasmo Ramirez most likely.
The addition of Morrison, and Weeks, does not indicate the Rays have dropped their pursuit of adding another bat to their lineup, with right-handed hitters such as Chris Carter, Mike Napoli, Franklin Gutierrez, C.J. Cron (from Angels), and now Byung Ho Park (DFA's by Twins) among the options. Also a possibility is switch-hitter Matt Wieters. If they were to land one, the idea would be for them to platoon with Morrison at 1B and/of DH, unless it was Gutierrez, who would play OF and DH, and Tim Beckham could platoom at 1B.
Morrison, 29, hit .238 for the Rays last year with 14 homers and 43 RBIs, playing in 107 games. After a brutal start, with no homers or RBIs in 29 games through May 16, he was fairly productive, hitting .272 with the 14 homers, 43 RBIs and an .844 OPS.
Weeks, 34, spent last season with Arizona, hitting .239 with 9 homers and 27 RBIs in just 205 plate appearances, posting a .777 OBP, playing outfield and mostly coming off the bench. Though a second baseman much of his career, Weeks has not played the infield since 2014.
An interesting sidenote is that in 2003 the then-Devil Rays were deciding whether to use the top pick of the draft on Delmon Young or Weeks. They opted for Young, who was then traded in November 2007 for SS Jason Bartlett, and RHP Matt Garza, who were key parts of the 2008 AL championship team.
The Rays on Friday also made official the previously reported signings of RHPs David Carpenter and Cory Rasmus (younger brother of OF Cory) to minor-league deals with camp invites.