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Rays: Right-Handed 3B/1B from the Scrap Heap of Free Agency

By Seth Carter
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 12: Avisail Garcia #24 of the Tampa Bay Rays is congratulated by Travis d'Arnaud #37 after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on August 12, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 12: Avisail Garcia #24 of the Tampa Bay Rays is congratulated by Travis d'Arnaud #37 after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on August 12, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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Gyorko Homer. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Gyorko Homer. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /

Jedd Gyorko

2019 Statistics (don’t look)
Salary: $13,000,000
WAR: -0.5
Games: 62
ABs: 92
Runs: 6
2B: 1
HR: 2
RBI: 9
BB: 9
SO: 24
.174/.248/.250
OPS+: 33

Jedd Gyorko had an awful season. He was blocked for playing time with the Cardinals by players and back, calf, and wrist injuries. When he did play, the results were not good. He may have been impacted by the lingering injuries or just suffering from a lack of playing time.

The Cardinals traded Gyorko to the Dodgers last season while he was on the 60-day IL. Gyorko logged games at first, second, and third for the Dodgers following the trade.

Gyorko has played multiple positions in his career and has crushed lefties. Over the past three years – including last year’s disaster of a season – Gyorko hit .289/.361/.498 against lefties.

He has hit 20 homers in three different seasons and 30 once, he accomplished the feat despite only averaging 367 at-bats per season. Gyorko could be signed to a minor league deal this offseason. He has logged games at first, second, third and shortstop in his career.

Jedd just turned 31 at the end of September and like the rest of the players on this list, checks a lot of boxes for the Rays, including a low price tag.

He could provide the Rays with a nice fit as a utility infielder and a right-handed power bat who has a track record of smashing the life out of lefties. His versatility will fit right in with the current roster. He should be right in the Rays price range…Next to nothing.

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