Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays are close to signing free agent outfielder Avisaíl García. Per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the deal is for $3.5 million plus performance bonuses. The White Sox non-tendered García, who was entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility, in late November.
García, 27, had a tremendous 2017 campaign, but suffered from injuries and mean-regression this past season. He played in only 93 games, batting .236/.281/.438 with 19 home runs and 49 RBI in across 385 plate appearances.
García figures to compete for some playing time in right field as well as the DH spot. If he has a bounce-back year, he will provide a decent amount of value for the Rays, who could potentially flip him at the non-waiver trade deadline.