Just hours before MLB’s non-tender deadline on Tuesday, the Rays re-signed first baseman Ji-Man Choi to a one-year, $3.2 million deal as reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Choi suffered through injuries during the 2021 season, hitting .229/.348/.411 in 83 games with a 0.9 bWAR, 116 OPS+, 11 home runs and 45 RBI.
The Rays and the fanbase are hoping Choi can return to the levels of production that he put up in 2019, where he posted a 2.1 bWAR and 120 OPS+. If fully healthy for 2022, those numbers are well within reach.
Choi avoided the non-tender deadline entirely with his one-year deal, but the Rays had decisions to make for the arbitration-eligible players remaining on the 40-man roster.
The Rays ended up tendering contracts to the remaining 13 players as the non-tender deadline approached at 8 p.m. EST on Tuesday.
For those that don’t know what the non-tender deadline is, it relates to all players on the 40-man roster with fewer than six years of service time.
MLB teams can either tender them a contract for the next season or non-tender them, immediately making that player a free agent.
Notable players on the list above include Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows, Manuel Margot, Andrew Kittredge and Yandy Díaz.