The Miami Marlins have signed first baseman Garrett Jones to a two-year, $7.5 million contract. The deal likely means the end of Logan Morrison’s time in Miami as the Marlins will be looking to trade the first baseman.
It has been no secret that Miami has attempted to find a suitor for Morrison. The fact that his numbers have dropped in recent seasons is a big part of it. Not to mention, he also has come under fire by the organization for his questionable Twitter antics and constant arguments with staff within the Marlins franchise. Apparently, the biggest reason for Miami wanting to deal Morrison is his .249 career batting average, which is far below what the team expects from him.
Jones isn’t a tremendous upgrade. However, he does bring far more power to the position, which is something the Marlins desperately need after failing to get consistent run production. In his last two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Jones hit 42 home runs and 137 RBI in 879 at-bats.
The fact that Jones has a career .254 batting average makes it that much more peculiar Miami would sign him after citing batting average for being a major issue with Morrison. It’s clear that the Marlins simply want a fresh start at first base, which they are hoping Jones can supply.
As far as Morrison is concerned, expect a trade to get done at some point during the 2013 Winter Meetings. The Milwaukee Brewers are one team in particular that has shown an interest.