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BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 15: Avisail Garcia #26 of the Chicago White Sox rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the ninth inning during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 15, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 15: Avisail Garcia #26 of the Chicago White Sox rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the ninth inning during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 15, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 25: Avisail Garcia #26 of the Chicago White Sox watches his two-run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning on September 25, 2018 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 25: Avisail Garcia #26 of the Chicago White Sox watches his two-run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning on September 25, 2018 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Rays sign Avisail Garcia

The Rays may have missed out on Goldschmidt, Abreu, and Cruz, but they did sign a former all-star to a one year deal. The Rays will be hoping that Avisail Garcia can return to his all-star self and be a force in the middle of the lineup.

"Only a year removed form an outstanding year at the plate, Avisail Garcia has had an interesting career. He broke in with the Tigers in 2012 and was traded to the White Sox the following year. He would finally begin to get regular playing time in 2015. With playing time came power, since 2015 he has hit 62 bombs with 37 of those coming in the past two seasons. Throughout 2018, Garcia dealt with a lingering hamstring injury which limited him to only 93 games. Had he remained healthy, he would have surely exceeded the 20 homer mark for the first time in his career. His average did drop though along with a spike in his strikeout percentage. If he can cut down on the strikeouts and stay healthy, we could see a return to his 2017 form."

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