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2. Tampa Bay Rays

First basemen: Logan Morrison, Lucas Duda, Rickie Weeks

Logan Morrison is never going to hit for average. He is a career .245/.330/.433 hitter. But, the Rays were hoping he could help bring some offense to a team that needs it. Provide offense Morrison did.

Morrison hit .246/.353/.516 with 38 home runs (way above his career high), 22 doubles, 85 runs batted in (career high) and 75 runs (career high). Morrison also walked 81 times, the highest in his career, but also struck out 149 times, his first season in triple digits.

Morrison had an offensive WAR of 3.6, which is good. He also had a defensive WAR of -0.7, which isn’t sufficient. However, his range was above average at the position, and his fielding percentage of .993 was not bad.

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Morrison was fifth in the American League in home runs, tied with another AL East first baseman. He was eighth in base on balls, fourth in intentional walks, and third in errors committed at the position.

Duda was acquired to help bolster the offense when the team was attempting to make a run at the playoffs. It didn’t go well, as he hit .175.

Weeks had played in over 1300 major league games in his career, but never at first base until 2017, where he started 12 games at the position.

All of these players are free agents, so it will be interesting to see what move the Rays take to continue to try to get enough offense to make a playoff run with their reliable pitching staff.