The Miami Marlins are reportedly talking with non-tendered first baseman Garrett Jones. The Marlins are continually exploring other first base options while shopping current first baseman Logan Morrison around to other teams. Signing Jones could be the defining moment for Morrison this offseason and if a deal is reached, his bags will probably already be packed.
Last season for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Jones hit 15 home runs while driving in 51 RBIs. He batted .233/.289/.419. Jones has been with the Pirates since the 2009 season and predominantly started as their first baseman. Although his batting average is on a roller coaster of sorts, Jones has shown the ability to drive in runs and put himself in position to score runs.
A trade involving Morrison could come by the time Jeffrey Loria and Dan Jennings land in Orlando Sunday. The injury-plagued 26-year-old played in 85 games for the Marlins last season. He batted .242/.333/.375 with six home runs and 36 RBIs. However, when he is at full health, Morrison has the ability to hit home runs and score runs like he did in 2011 through 123 games.
Jones could be a nice filler for Morrison, but is also older. There could also be a question of effectiveness at a large ballpark. He is 4-for-14 lifetime at Marlins Park and struggles mightily against lefties. Miami does not have room to breathe at first base, and Jones would become its everyday first baseman if signed.