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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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Ryon Healy smashes a double. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
Ryon Healy smashes a double. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /

Ryon Healy

2019 Statistics
Salary: $579,800
Games: 47
ABs: 169
Runs: 24
2B: 16
HR: 7
RBI: 26
BB: 13
SO: 40
.237/.289/.456
OPS+: 99

Ryon Healy began his career with the Oakland A’s and crushed 38 home runs over his first 221 seasons. Healy has primarily played third base in his career hits a home run every 22 at-bats. His 162-game average over his career is 28 homers per season.

Healy came up as a 24-year-old in 2016 and crushed 20 doubles and 13 home runs in only 269 ABs for Oakland in 2016.

The outlook remained bright for Healy in 2017 as he hammered 25 homers,78 RBI and a .271 avg. The next season Healy managed to hit 24 dingers in only 133 games. Healy achieved back-to-back seasons with 20+ homers.

In 2019, Kyle Seager played the majority of the games at third base for Seattle, relegating Healy to just 169 at-bats. Despite only hitting .237 last season, Healy still slugged .456 in a reserve role for the Mariners.

Healy will turn 28 in January and has ended three of his four seasons with a slugging percentage above .450, including .524 his rookie year. His career trajectory was heading in the right direction before last season.

There’s a chance his career trajectory could continue upward if he’s given an opportunity to play. His career average of .261 with a homer ever 22/AB are nice numbers for a young player. Healy would be a low-risk investment with the kind of upside the Rays like.

He seems like a perfect fit for the Rays to bring in, tweak a couple of things, and voilà: He’s an All-Star with 30 home runs.

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What do you think? Should the Rays pay up for a bigger name to offer some right-handed pop or should they go cheap? Should they throw the free-agent list away and stick with the guys they have? Let us know in the comments below.

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