Morrison mentions the relationships he has built with numerous Marlins players and how his relationship with the front office, including owner Jeffery Loria, wasn’t as bad as the media had made it out to be.
It appears that Jones will play first base, although Miami will presumably be looking for someone to platoon with him due to his struggle to hit left-handed pitching.
The Marlins are banking on free agent acquisitions Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Rafael Furcal and Garrett Jones to help in more ways than one. The team is hopeful they’ll ignite a run-starved offense. But the Marlins also are looking at the three to provide veteran, "championship-caliber" leadership to a team whose most talented players are also its youngest.
Garrett Jones, the Marlins' new first baseman, suggested the Marilns could be a much better team than people think. A whole lot better. "It could be a team that could shock the baseball world," Jones said Tuesday after signing a two-year deal. It would be a shock, all right, if the Marlins somehow went from worst to first. Only two teams -- the 1991 Minnesota Twins and this year's Boston Red Sox -- have done it. No team has ever gone from 100 losses to a postseason appearance the following year.
Mark Trumbo trade talks seem to be warming, but the Marlins are doing nothing to stoke those flames. A source that checked in with the Marlins said they are not pursing Trumbo, an arbitration-eligible corner infielder/ outfielder coming off a career-high 34-homer, 100-RBI season with the Angels. The right-handed hitting Trumbo, who turns 28 in January, would provide a much needed power component to complement Giancarlo Stanton, but he does have some flaws.
While newly signed Marlins infielder Furcal, 36, has an impressive performance track record, his recent injury history gave the Marlins some pause. Furcal underwent Tommy John surgery last spring, but Hill said he has "zero concerns" about his arm. It will help that Furcal, who missed all of 2013, is shifting from the left side of the infield to the right.
Third base was atop the Marlins' shopping list heading into the Winter Meetings, and it remains so as the event winds down. Miami has been among the more active teams at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort. On Tuesday, the club announced the signing of free-agent first baseman Garrett Jones to a two-year deal. On Wednesday, the Marlins reached agreement on a trade that will send first baseman Logan Morrison to the Mariners for reliever Carter Capps. The deal is expected to be announced once the medical records and all the paperwork are finalized. Finding a match for Morrison took up so much time for the front office. Still, the club continues to survey all third-base opportunities -- either through free agency or trades. "There are still some third-base options out there that we are exploring," Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. "I would say there are a handful of third basemen out there, via trade, that makes sense for us, that we're exploring."
As the roster shapes up, so does the makings of the Marlins' batting order. Manager Mike Redmond on Wednesday afternoon shed some light on how he intends to fill out his lineup card. Adding free agents Rafael Furcal, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Garrett Jones revamps a lineup that ranked last in the Majors in 2013 in runs scored, home runs and batting average. "Going into the offseason, we got together as an organization and talked about ways that we could better improve our team and our lineup," Redmond said. "Saltalamacchia was the first step, and then bringing in Furcal and now Garrett Jones has definitely given us more offense, more weapons, and extended our lineup."
Nothing major went on for the Marlins during Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, but the organization made some moves in the Minor League phases. Because their 40-man roster was full, the Marlins were not eligible to participate in the Major League phase. Although Miami was out of the mix, the organization still faced the possibility of losing a player or two in the Major League phase. Infielder Danny Black, who played for Double-A Jacksonville, was a possibility to be taken, but he was not selected. The Marlins did lose outfielder Kevin Mattison, who was taken by the Brewers in the Triple-A phase.
Around The League
The Mariners on Thursday will introduce prized free-agent acquisition Robinson Cano at a 3 p.m. PT news conference. It can be seen live on MLB.com and Mariners.com.
At Fish Stripes
With the Marlins pursuing a third baseman to fill out their improved infield, Fish Stripes' Dakota Schmidt takes a look at the history of Mat Gamel and looks at his possible role with the team.
The Miami Marlins got a decent reliever in return for the disappointing career of Logan Morrison. Carter Capps has some tools to make the return at least acceptable given Morrison's poor performance.
The Miami Marlins pulled the trigger on a Logan Morrison trade, sending him to the Seattle Mariners for reliever Carter Capps. The return is small, but expected given Morrison's disastrous career.
Logan Morrison knew for some time that he was on the trading block, so he had an open letter for Miami Marlins fans ready for when that time came.