According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Miami Marlins are exploring the possibility of trading former top prospect Logan Morrison who could spur interest from the power-laden San Francisco Giants.
Morrison would supply the Giants’ lineup with added power and depth, both of which are pivotal components the 2013 version of the orange and black severely lacked. At this juncture it doesn’t appear likely for general manager Brian Sabean to shore up the Giants’ outfield via free agency, especially considering the inflated market value that most players boast.
Morrison isn’t an ideal fit for the Giants, though, specifically because he hasn’t played left field since 2012. San Francisco highly covets position players that are able to perform exceptionally well in the field. Morrison is an average outfield defender, posting a .973 fielding percentage in 240 games.
Miami is reportedly seeking a third baseman in return for Morrison, but Giants’ fans shouldn’t expect Sabean to ship Pablo Sandoval out of town in return for the 26-year-old outfielder.
Morrison is a respectable talent who owns a career .764 OPS in nearly 1,500 plate appearances over four seasons. His best season-long performance happened in 2011 when Morrison posted a .247 batting average with 23 home runs and 72 RBI. He’s not a top-tier talent but is certainly a practical solution to the Giants’ glaring void in left field.
Morrison is a versatile position player capable of playing first base. His ability to effectively man multiple positions aptly fits the managerial style of Bruce Bochy, who values players that can be slotted in different areas of the diamond.
The most likely trade chip for the Giants to use in acquiring Morrison is minor league third baseman Chris Dominguez, who was named San Francisco’s No. 9 prospect prior to the 2012 season but hasn’t ascended to previous expectations.
The Marlins are potentially the type of team that would take a chance on a player like Dominguez. The 27-year-old features the strongest arm in the Giants’ organization according to Baseball America. He posted solid offensive numbers at the triple-A level in 2013, recording a .294 batting average with 44 extra-base hits while driving-in 65 runs.
At 6-foot-5′ and 235 pounds, Dominguez is a big-time presence in the batter’s box who could entice Miami. The embattled Marlins appear eager to unload Morrison, who has endured diminished production over the past two seasons. His noticeable struggles at the plate can be entirely attributed to Marlins Park, though, where Morrison owns a .228 batting average and .341 OPS in 311 official at-bats.
In comparison, Morrison posted a .267 batting average and .871 OPS in 330 official at-bats at SunLife Stadium, the previous home of the Marlins. A change of scenery should ultimately benefit Morrison, considering his fallout with the Marlins organization and recent struggles in their new ballpark.
The Giants are in need of a left fielder and could potentially examine the idea of trading for Morrison. San Francisco would gain club control over the developing slugger until 2016 to create a high reward situation.