The idea that Logan Morrison would be a sought after piece at the trade deadline would have seemed laughable even two months ago. However, Morrison has become a legitimate power threat in the Rays lineup.
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Thus far, Morrison has posted a .243/.347/.551 batting line, with his 145 OPS+ far ahead of his previous career high. His 16 homers rank second in the American League, trailing only Aaron Judge. Morrison also ranks in the top ten in walks, extra base hits, RBI, and slugging percentage this season.
He is also not just getting it done with the bat. Morrison has been solid with the glove this year as well, leading American League first basemen in range factor and putouts. In fact, in a lot of ways, Morrison is putting together a season similar to what Carlos Pena provided during his heyday in Tampa Bay.
Even though first base is not typically an area of need for a contending team, there are a few teams that could use help there. The New York Yankees, notably, have had abysmal production from their first basemen this year. Morrison, meanwhile, would be a solid rental piece, with his left handed power stroke playing up well with the short porch in right.
If the Tampa Bay Rays are going to end up as sellers, they would have a few pieces that other teams would be interested in. Even if they end up as buyers, the Rays could still move a piece or two to help replenish their farm system.