When Logan Morrison returned to the Miami Marlins in the middle of the season after missing a majority of 2012 with an injury, it should have added protection in the lineup for outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. It should have gave opposing pitchers a choice between pitching to Morrison or Stanton. Morrison also should have brought life to what is left of the Marlins’ fans.
However, none of that happen. Stanton is having his worst statistical season since joining the Marlins a few years ago and Morrison has not been right since moving from the outfield to first base. In only 81 games this season, Morrison is batting .246/.336/.386 with six home runs and 36 RBI. He is also just two years removed from hitting 22 home runs while playing for most of that season.
His days with the Marlins are numbered, especially if the Marlins decide to pursue hard-hitting first baseman Jose Abreu in the offseason. Although the Marlins are going to have to dish out a lot of money to try and get Abreu to join the team, it may be worth it after witnessing the season Morrison and the rest of the Marlins are having.
Miami is one loss away from a 100-loss season, something they have not had since 1998 when they lost 105 games after winning the World Series. Something has to give and if Morrison is not the man, then opening the wallet for Abreu this offseason has to happen because poor seasons like this cannot continue to happen.