Rays Offseason Plan Step 2: Find some right-handed power
The Rays have been linked to Avisail Garcia. Yasiel Puig is an intriguing and affordable possibility. The Rays need to sign one of them.
Option #1: Bring Back Avisail Garcia
The Rays have been connected to Avisail Garcia this offseason. Garcia, who the Rays signed last offseason is a projected by MLBTR to sign a two year deal worth 12M. Avi was a huge part of the Rays success last season slashing .282/.332/.464 with a .796 OPS and a 111 OPS+. He his 20 bombs and drove in 72 runs and was an integral part of the middle of the Rays lineup. He also roped 25 doubles and stole 10 bases.
Garcia, who was well liked in the clubhouse seems like a perfect fit to return to the Rays after being part of a 96 win team. At two years and 12M, the Rays should be able to get a deal done with the slugger who would help them address the void left by Tommy Pham who was traded to the Padres last week.
Option #2: Sign Yasiel Puig
I previously wrote about the need for the Rays to sign Yasiel Puig, The Wild Horse. But with the reports of them being connected to Avisail Garcia, I would favor a reunion over Puig. Nonetheless, Puig has a lot to offer at a reasonable price.
Over the past three seasons, Puig has mashed 75 bombs and last season slashed .267/.327/.458 with a .785 OPS and a 100 OPS+. He hit 24 bombs last season and drove in 84 runs.
He would bring an intense and competitive edge to a young Rays squad and he is affordable as well. MLBTR projects him to sign. one year deal worth 8M.
Read more about why the Rays should sign Puig here.