There might be MLB rumors surrounding the Miami Marlins until Jeffrey Loria is no longer owner of the team. Until then, consider everyone available if they make more than $12 per hour, that includes the beer guy in section 313 and the parking attendant in Lot E. Ricky Nolasco and Logan Morrison figure to be the next two sent packing by Loria and company.
Nolasco only has one-year left at $11.5 million and figures to draw some interest. Morrison, however, is still pre-arbitration eligible and is still relatively inexpensive. But, the Marlins seem content to trade everyone not named Giancarlo Stanton, that won’t come until next off-season probably.
The Boston Red Sox have a need at first base and Morrison could be an option for the Red Sox. Morrison has a decent amount of power, hitting 23 homers in 2011. He and former manager Ozzie Guillen didn’t get along last season and Morrison was sent down to the minors and only appeared in 93 games.
Morrison is still only 25 and won’t be 26 until August and is an upgrade, at least over James Loney and can also play the outfield giving John Farrell more flexibility if the Red Sox find someone better to fill in at first base later either in the trade market or in free agency.
The price to obtain Morrison might be a decent, mid-range prospect or two and some lesser prospects but nothing the Red Sox can’t afford to part with. The Red Sox apparently tried to obtain Josh Johnson and Jose Reyes before they were shipped to the Toronto Blue Jays so why not try and fill a gap by prying Morrison away?