Miami Marlins first baseman/outfielder Logan Morrison continues to draw interest on the trade market, but it remains unclear how close to a deal the team may be. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that as many as ten teams have called the Marlins to check in on the 26 year old. Thus far only interest from the Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Red Sox had been made public.
Morosi does not shed any additional light as to what other teams may be in the mix.
Ranked by Baseball America as the #20 prospect in all of baseball entering the 2010 season, Morrison first arrived in the Marlins lineup in late July and would hit .283/.390/.447 over his first 287 PA. The next season he’d follow that up with a definite power boost, mashing 23 HR and 25 2B, but saw his overall numbers slip to .247/.330/.468 in 525 PA. Morrison no longer projected as a star by this point, but most still expected that he’d be able to maintain a career as a solid MLB regular.
Morrison’s value to opposing organizations at this point, however, is tough to project. Knee injuries have severely hindered him over the past seasons, limiting Morrison to just 85 games in 2013 and just 93 the year before. Combined he’s hit just .236/.321/.387 with 17 HR in 667 PA during that stretch, noticeably slower both in the field and on the base paths.
While Morrison is expected to be healthy at the start of Spring Training, the Marlins appear eager to move in a different direction at first base to head into the 2014 season, as their signing of Garret Jones made Morrison expendable.
Milwaukee would appear to be a good fit, given the team’s need for a left-handed bat and desire to upgrade their existing options at first base. Boston had been linked as a possibility, but they are likely out of the mix following their decision Friday evening to re-sign Mike Napoli to a two year deal. MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro discussed the Marlins’ long-standing interest in Sean Rodriguez, suggesting that he could be part of a package (Rodriguez plus a pitching prospect) that the team could pursue if they look to deal Morrison to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Miami has already made upgrades behind the plate and at second base this winter. They are believed to still be seeking a third base stopgap (until 2013 Draftee Colin Moran is ready) and will likely look at picking up at least one veteran arm to help bolster the pitching staff.