The Miami Marlins need to hold Logan Morrison even if they finalize a contract with Garrett Jones as they are expected to do. Morrison is completely recovered from his knee surgery last offseason and is in arguably the best shape of his big league career. His trade value is low right now, and he’s possibly in line to have a resurgent season if given the chance to have it. The Marlins would be giving away a talented player for what is likely a light return if they move Morrison now.
Morrison has the ability to play left field and first base, so the chance for playing time would be there even if Jones is on the roster. Christian Yelich could slide over to center field and make way for Morrison in left field. Marcell Ozuna could head to the minors for more seasoning in this scenario as well, which may turn out to be a big benefit for the impressive prospect.
Justin Ruggiano could even platoon with Morrison in left field, giving the Marlins more opportunities to win favorable matchups.
Consider the fact that in 2011, which was Morrison’s only full season as a big leaguer, he put together an impressive season with a slash line of .247/.330/.468 and 23 home runs to go along with 72 RBIs. It’s not crazy to think that Morrison could meet those numbers again, or even exceed them if given over 500 ABs on a consistent basis. The beautiful left-handed swing is still there and his excellent eye at the plate remains, as shown by his low strikeout totals every season.
The Marlins do not have to trade LoMo just because they signed Jones and if they think they do, they are very wrong.