Miami Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison is on the trading block and has drawn interest from around 10 teams, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports. Now that the Marlins have finalized their two-year contract with free agent first baseman Garrett Jones, first reported by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Morrison no longer has a position to play in Miami.
Morrison missed the first two months of the season while recovering from an injury to his right knee. When he did return, he batted only .242/.333/.375 with six home runs in 85 games. The same injury sidelined him for the final two months of the 2012 season, limiting him to only 93 games that year.
Morrison's career got off to a promising start, as he posted an 811 OPS (119 OPS+) in his first two seasons in the majors. However, that number dropped to 708 (92 OPS+) over his last two injury-plagued campaigns. Combined with consistently negative defensive ratings, Morrison's value has been questionable. Baseball-Reference rated him as a below-replacement-level player in each of the last three seasons, and lists a career value of negative-0.1 WAR.
The 26-year-old "LoMo" is also well-known as a social media personality. He refers to himself as a "Twittaholic" on his Twitter account, and he has nearly 120,000 followers. His high profile and irreverent attitude on Twitter have been rumored to rub Miami's front office the wrong way in the past; while unsubstantiated, it was speculated that his brief demotion to Triple-A in 2011 may have been intended as a wake-up call to start paying more attention to baseball and less on being a celebrity.
Two of the teams showing interest in Morrison were the Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Red Sox, according to Morosi. Now that Boston has re-signed first baseman Mike Napoli, though, they're surely out of the running. Meanwhile, Milwaukee is likely to lose Corey Hart to free agency, and its current depth chart lists third baseman Juan Francisco at first. Last season, in the absence of the injured Hart, the Brewers got a batting line of .206/.259/.370 from their first basemen.
Although it is unclear who else may have inquired about the Marlins infielder, a look around the league leads to some obvious deductions. The Tampa Bay Rays are without a first baseman with the expected departure of 2013 starter James Loney to free agency, and their current depth chart lists middle infielder Sean Rodriguez as their starter at the position. The Pittsburgh Pirates have also identified first base as an area for improvement, especially now that they have lost Jones to the Marlins. The Pirates, however, seem most interested in signing Loney. The Seattle Mariners were rumored to be in the running for Napoli as an upgrade over incumbent Justin Smoak, but Morrison may not be seen as a similarly worthwhile improvement. The Colorado Rockies were in the market for a replacement for Todd Helton, but they recently signed free agent Justin Morneau to a two-year contract, so they are set at first base.
Morrison is eligible for arbitration this winter, and is estimated to earn $1.7 million by MLB Trade Rumors. He cannot become a free agent until after the 2016 season.