Mariners Acquire Logan Morrison

The Mariners have acquired Logan Morrison from the Marlins in exchange for right-hander Carter Capps, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald (on Twitter).

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Morrison, 26, was a known trade candidate that was a near-lock to be traded at the Winter Meetings following the Marlins' signing of Garrett Jones to a two-year deal. The former top prospect has batted just .236/.321/.387 with 17 home runs in 178 games over the past two seasons after hitting .259/.351/.460 with 25 long balls in his first 185 big league games. Morrison's tenure with the Marlins has been rocky to this point. He's come under fire for his prolific and sometimes controversial Twitter presence and filed a grievance against the Marlins in 2011 after he was sent to the minor leagues in controversial fashion.

Morrison is under team control through the 2016 season and is projected to earn $1.7MM via arbitration by MLBTR's Matt Swartz.

Capps, 23, posted a 5.49 ERA with 10.1 K/9, 3.5 BB/9 and a 40.1 percent ground-ball rate in 59 innings for the Mariners last season. Though his ERA is unsightly, Capps has averaged 96.5 mph on his fastball in his brief big league career. xFIP pegs a fluky homer-to-flyball ratio (18.8 percent) and a .365 batting average on balls in play as the reason for Capps' woes, suggesting that an ERA of 3.53 would've been more representative of his work in 2013.

Capps will join a Marlins bullpen that is anchored by closer Steve Cishek, lefty setup man Mike Dunn and right-hander A.J. Ramos. He provides a cheaper alternative to the recently departed right-handers Chad Qualls (free agency) and Ryan Webb (non-tendered).

Morrison is the second bat reeled in by Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik in the past hour, as the M's have also agreed to a one-year deal with Corey Hart. Should Morrison be able to rebound, he, Hart and recently inked Robinson Cano give the Mariners some added punch to their lineup. However, Hart and Morrison profile better as first basemen than outfielders, but one will now need to roam either right or left field at Safeco Field now that they're both in the fold.

The addition of these two bats calls into question the role of either Jesus Montero or Justin Smoak with the Mariners and could ensure that Kendrys Morales will need to find a new home this winter, which would net Seattle a draft pick.

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302 Comments on "Mariners Acquire Logan Morrison"


Defiancy
1 year 7 months ago

The Mariners are just going gang busters this off season! I kinda like it.

itstheduke
1 year 7 months ago

Yeah, they’re kind of like the Blue Jays of last off season. Only I hope things goes better for the M’s this time round.

AKA_brotherfox
1 year 7 months ago

You’re not the first person to make a comparison with the Jays, but I don’t see it. The Jays picked up Reyes, Buehrle, Johnson, Bonifacio, and Buck from the Marlins, then they added the reigning Cy Young winner from the NL. The M’s have signed a second baseman, two outfield/first base/DH platoon candidates, and Bloomquist, a utility player. The M’s have a ways to go before their activity this offseason parallels Toronto’s last year.

Tj Johnson
1 year 7 months ago

think there going to try and package smoak in a deal for price since the rays need a 1stbaseman

Tj Johnson
1 year 7 months ago

smoak, franklin and either paxton or hultzen

Jack Miller
1 year 7 months ago

Think that Rays would prefer Miller and honestly for Seattle having Franklin at short in my opinion is a better option

kcstengelSr
1 year 7 months ago

does kendrys morales play center field? does morales go to the hiroshima toyo carp?

AndyWarpath
1 year 7 months ago

Can’t decide who will look grosser in that big old outfield of theirs: Hart or Morrison.

bob
1 year 7 months ago

Hart will DH and Morrison will play 1st probably

Ruben_Tomorrow
1 year 7 months ago

So Seattle sees Hart as an upgrade to Morales? This move doesn’t make much sense.

letsgogiants
1 year 7 months ago

I’m guessing the Mariners don’t want to deal with Boras and want to move on.

bob
1 year 7 months ago

He’s probably cheaper than Morales

The_Unnatural
1 year 7 months ago

He’s a better hitter than Morales.

Tim Bowers
1 year 7 months ago

Hart is cheaper, although with slightly more injury concerns.

As a hitter I’d say one isn’t much better than the other.

Tj Johnson
1 year 7 months ago

not signing morales will net them a 1st rounder

kcstengelSr
1 year 7 months ago

no first rounder if kendrys has to spend a year in japan

Michael
1 year 7 months ago

If Morales leaves, they get the draft pick.

Jason Barber
1 year 7 months ago

ya got it backwards hart will play first and morrison lf or dh

Michael
1 year 7 months ago

No, Hart will probably DH most of the time after those knee surgeries. He’s right up there with Sizemore in the “Most Likely To Get Hurt By April” list in my mind.

Joe Orsatti
1 year 7 months ago

LoMo is still 26. I’d stash him in left and keep smoak at first. Hart is a one year rental. Overall its a pretty solid line-up

Seager-3B
Miller- SS
Lomo- LF
Cano- 2B
Hart- DH
Smoak-1B
Zunio- C
Ackley- CF
Almonte- RF
and Bloomquist, Franklin, Avery on the bench

However, once the Cano deal is finalized, a DFA will need to be made
I’m thinking Noesi, Romero or Witherspoon

livingpaint
1 year 7 months ago

Seager shouldnt lead off. Next to Morales, he was the most clutch on the team in 2013 and since he started coming up. Plus he cranked 22 HR last year. Miller, Ackley, Seager, Cano, Hart, Lomo, Smoak, Zunino, Saunders. And if they go with Almonte over Saunders, Almote would more likely lead off because of his speed.

johnrhee
1 year 7 months ago

Replace Smoak w/ either Mark Reynolds or Kevin Youkilis as either can be as good as Morales/Smoak for an average offense upgrade.

bob
1 year 7 months ago

Hart will DH and Morrison will play 1st probably

disadvantage
1 year 7 months ago

The answer is “yes”.

disadvantage
1 year 7 months ago

The answer is “yes”.

kcstengelSr
1 year 7 months ago

more speed in outfield corners with hart and morrison compared to morse and ibanez. next, add billy butler for DH/1B

livingpaint
1 year 7 months ago

this was hilarious… but sadly true lol

Matt Talbert
1 year 7 months ago

Hart isn’t terribad in the OF even now. But Lomo….lol…

alexamato
1 year 7 months ago

and they continue.. Z is starting to save his job again

Tim Bowers
1 year 7 months ago

Interesting deal. I don’t want LoMo in the OF, but he can replace Smoak. Hopefully neither Hart or LoMo are being regarded for OF duty, they are awful there.

Capps certainly had his control problems, but if he irons them out he will be very, very good. Closer potential.

M’s have a lot of trade chips right now for another starter, OF, or both.

Tony Matias
1 year 7 months ago

Funny… your user photo looks like Jack Z.

Tony Matias
1 year 7 months ago

Funny… your user photo looks like Jack Z.

Dustin Jorgensen
1 year 7 months ago

Capps was broken anyways. Adding some nice competition for First base and a corner outfield spot. I like it.

astropolis
1 year 7 months ago

Bye-bye, Smoak.

Seth Guttman
1 year 7 months ago

What are the Mariners trying to accomplish? Logan Morrison and Corey Hart are good ball players but they won’t be able to come CLOSE to justifying the Cano signing.

Beantownbomber13
1 year 7 months ago

Right, because finishing in last place was working out so well.

Seth Guttman
1 year 7 months ago

So Corey Hart and Logan Morrison are going to boost you from 4th to 1st? Come on man. I have no venom vs the Mariners, I just don’t understand why they’d sign Cano for the big deal and then back it up with Corey Hart (who seems like Richie Sexon 2.0 waiting to happen in Safeco) and a player like Lomo who can never stay healthy. I know they probably aren’t done but I just don’t see the upside of this plan.

Beantownbomber13
1 year 7 months ago

Point being, they are at least trying. Are they going to beat the A’s or Rangers? No, but it’s better than rotting in the basement year after year. And give some credit to Hart. That guy can hit. Now he is going to be hitting in Safeco.

omavricko
1 year 7 months ago

We aren’t done. Idk why you commenters always do this. Oh you signed 1 player that’s not gonna take you anywhere. Wait till spring training. If we add Choo and a pitcher we can seriously contend

Rob Judd, Jr.
1 year 7 months ago

The upside is Hart being his 3-4 win self. Morrison chipping in 2 wins. The cost being $5-$13m and a broken, albeit high-upside reliever.

Stuart Brown
1 year 7 months ago

Morrison hasn’t chipped in 2 wins over the course of his big league career thus far.

Rob Judd, Jr.
1 year 7 months ago

He asked for upside

RobbyH619
1 year 7 months ago

2 wild card spots. Who says you gotta finish 1st? Just get 1 of the wild card spots.

Seth Guttman
1 year 7 months ago

So Corey Hart and Logan Morrison are going to boost you from 4th to 1st? Come on man. I have no venom vs the Mariners, I just don’t understand why they’d sign Cano for the big deal and then back it up with Corey Hart (who seems like Richie Sexon 2.0 waiting to happen in Safeco) and a player like Lomo who can never stay healthy. I know they probably aren’t done but I just don’t see the upside of this plan.

The_Unnatural
1 year 7 months ago

Hart was the best RHB available. This is the one move they needed to make to justify Cano.

letsgogiants
1 year 7 months ago

I’m sure they’re not done yet. They’re probably go after another starter or two and maybe another outfield bat.

jwsox
1 year 7 months ago

They don’t need to justify the cano signing. To anyone. They have a ton of money to spend and they needed to bring in a star to help bring them back to being a relevant mlb team. Lomo is a good young cheap player who has years of team control this is a trade that m’s fans should love. This kid has a ton of potential and was just screwed over by the marlins(like most players). Hart has been very consistent his entire career. Last year was lost to injury but it should hurt his ability to hit this season.

Danny Phillips
1 year 7 months ago

Mariners wasting no time.

Tony Matias
1 year 7 months ago

Somebody needs to take Jack in out of the sun. I think his brain is frying.

Tony Matias
1 year 7 months ago

Somebody needs to take Jack in out of the sun. I think his brain is frying.

Kevin Wisla
1 year 7 months ago

The 2014 Mariners will be the first team in MLB history to field 3 players at 1st base at the same time.

frogbogg
1 year 7 months ago

Do the yankees become first to start 3 at DH in 2014?

Kevin Wisla
1 year 7 months ago

No because the guys the Yankees have can at least play passable defense at a position other than first base. There is a reason Logan Morrison isn’t starting in the outfield for the Marlins.

Jacob
1 year 7 months ago

Beltran, Soriano, and Wells totally rock in the outfield! And Ichiro is amazing too. /sarcasm

Matt Mccarron
1 year 7 months ago

Yeah, because Ichiro’s 10 gold gloves love your sarcasm as much as I do.

Jacob
1 year 7 months ago

Oh yeah, the gold glove… best argument ever haha. As picked by managers! By your logic someone should run out and sign Frank Thomas, he has 4 silver sluggers! He’s a great bat, right???

Matt Mccarron
1 year 7 months ago

Ichiro has been one of the best defenders over the last 13 years. Frank Thomas probably hasn’t touched a bat in years. I’d have Ichiro over 80% of major league outfielders.

Spencer James
1 year 7 months ago

For defensive purposes.

Jacob
1 year 7 months ago

I love Ichiro but come on dude. 80%? Ichiro hasn’t touched Ichiro like play in years.

FS54
1 year 7 months ago

for all qualified OFs last season, Ichiro had 13th best UZR/150 (FG version). Guess what rank 13 out of 62 OFs means.

Jacob
1 year 7 months ago

Fair enough. But his UZR has also been trending downwards. I just don’t think the defense justifies his bat in the lineup, but he’s a good late game defensive switch still.

Kevin Wisla
1 year 7 months ago

I don’t understand this post. Frank Thomas was an amazing hitter and Ichiro was a fantastic outfielder. You don’t need coaches awards to see that.

Jacob
1 year 7 months ago

My point is WAS fantastic. I’m not arguing that Ichiro hasn’t had an amazing career.

ray_derek
1 year 7 months ago

I agree, the yanks OF minus Gardner is laughable

Kevin Wisla
1 year 7 months ago

Where have you been? Gardner-Ellsbury-Beltran, Soriano DH and Ichiro the 5th outfielder. Wells is likely out of a job if they stay with what they have now. Soriano switches between LF/RF when Beltran/Jeter DH’s and Gardner to the bench. The difference is theres 3 outfield spots you can switch between, theres 1 first base spot.

Also key word was “passable”. Beltran is not a great defender anymore but he isn’t going to kill the Yankees playing in their small right field with two all-world defenders next to him. Logan Morrison or Corey Hart’s knees playing in the Mariners massive outfield however, IS an issue.

Additionally if theres one thing Ichiro still can do its play defense so.

Brandon Drew
1 year 7 months ago

But in reality, Hart will likely DH and LoMo will probably share time at first base. I’d be more worried about the Yankees infield than their outfield. Jeters range is gone. His range is about the same as Peralta’s, 2nd Cano is gone, and who the hell is going to play third. Texiera is your only great infielder defensively. And when is he healthy? Gardner and Ellsbury can cover most of the outfield, but outside of that the Yankees can’t criticize anyone’s defense. Especially behind that atrocious pitching staff.

Kevin Wisla
1 year 7 months ago

More often than not it’ll be Jeter at DH and Ryan at SS. They are still searching for an infielder, so get back to me in about a month. I didn’t once say the Yankees have some other worldly defense. I was saying that playing 1st basemen out of position in a huge ball park is an issue. 1st base is the last place you put a player when he can’t play another position, so having multiple of them out of position is a huge issue.

The Yankees don’t have a great defense by any means outside of Gardner/Ellsbury but at least their guys have proved they can be….heres that word again…PASSABLE at their positions.

Jacob
1 year 7 months ago

I never said anything about 1st base but alright. I just think that revolving that DH spot with all of those old outfielders is going to be tough, and the defense is going to be hurt for it. I’ve been watching Ichiro play D for years. It ain’t what it used to be. It’s not terrible per se, but he doesn’t do enough on the other side of the game to justify his being out there, unless he is primarily a late game defensive switch. I’m sure the Yankees will figure a way to make it all work and have a 90+ win season, they generally always do.

East Coast Bias
1 year 7 months ago

Ellsbury and Gardner are not old. I have no idea what you’re talking about. Which “old outfielderS” are you talking about? Beltran is the only one. The other two are great defenders and definitely not “old.”

Ichiro is not a starter. Wells is not a starter. Soriano is the DH.

Jacob
1 year 7 months ago

So when Beltran needs a day off they put Ichiro in the lineup then? Or Wells? I’m just trying to figure out how they divvy up the playing time here. As I said earlier I’m sure the Yanks will figure a way to make it productive and win 90+ games, it just seems like an awful lot of old guys clogging up the same corner outfield spot. I am aware that Gardner and Ellsbury are going to be in the lineup everyday and doing their thang. It’s just a lot of roster spots at the moment given to the same positions (dh/rf)

East Coast Bias
1 year 7 months ago

Yes, Ichiro will play when Beltran sits. Or Soriano.

First off, you’re worrying about the bench OF, and the everyday DH, both of who may have to field to give the starting OF a day off? Seems very insignificant.

Just for the record, Soriano had a 7.3 UZR/150 last year. Ichiro had a 14.7 UZR/150 last year. They are not bad fielders. So… again, I don’t see the problem here.

There aren’t a lot of roster spots at the moment given to the same positions (dh/rf). You are wrong. There is one RF. One DH. When those players sit, there are bench players. Seems pretty simple, and pretty similar to how every other team does it.

It seems you’re trying to make an issue out of a non-issue. Other teams have a way worse OF/bench situation. Yankees’ OF is actually near the top, bench included.

Jacob
1 year 7 months ago

Fair enough, best of luck to ya next season!

Jacob
1 year 7 months ago

Ichiro is old. Wells is old. Soriano is old. Beltran is old. We’re saying the same thing here but arguing different points. I get that they’re not starters, they’re still outfielders though, and Soriano is going to get 100% of the DH duties. Other guys (like Beltran, Jeter, and possibly A Rod if he’s even playing next season) will need a day off

sunshipballoons
1 year 7 months ago

Beltran is the worst RF in baseball now. But playing in Yankee stadium helps hide that.

East Coast Bias
1 year 7 months ago

Uhh… you know Yankees signed Ellsbury, and still have Gardner, right?

Most likely, it’s Beltran/Ellsbury/Gardner in the outfield. Not really a DH heavy OF. Like… at all. Beltran is the only one who will need time off. Gardner and Ellsbury play great defense.

Soriano will DH, Wells will be cut and Ichiro will be the 4th OF.

/reality

Brandon Drew
1 year 7 months ago

Ya but did Garner not miss an entire year last year? And Ellsbury has missed significant time 2 of his last 4 seasons, not to mention 30 games last year.

What happens when one or both of them go down?

abes_seed
1 year 7 months ago

No that was the 2013 Yanks… Wells, Hafner, Youkilis…. any others?

frogbogg
1 year 7 months ago

Do the yankees become first to start 3 at DH in 2014?

coachofall
1 year 7 months ago

Kendrys Morales may actually have to defect back to Cuba now to play baseball in 2014! Nobody is giving up a draft pick for him and the only team that wanted him no longer needs him

Tim Bowers
1 year 7 months ago

IDK about that, although Kendrys may very well get peanuts compared to that 14.1 mil arbitration number

coachofall
1 year 7 months ago

problem isn’t the money it’s the draft pick tied to him. You are right he won’t sniff 14 mil….but nobody is going to give up a draft pick for him

sunshipballoons
1 year 7 months ago

What about at team that already signed a FA? I think he’s worth a second rounder.

abes_seed
1 year 7 months ago

or a team with a protected pick… Astros?

Bryan
1 year 7 months ago

I like the deal from the Mariners aspect. Need more protection behind Cano and todays moves to get Hart as well as Morrison come wayyyy cheaper than a Nelson Cruz, or Choo.

Jonathan T.
1 year 7 months ago

WoW!! Seattle really dislike the Brewers.

The_Unnatural
1 year 7 months ago

The Brewers were the Seattle Pilots before they were stolen from us. Maybe you’re on to something…

Mike
1 year 7 months ago

Poor Brewers.

Bryan
1 year 7 months ago

They still have options: Loney, or Ike Davis.

Mike
1 year 7 months ago

That is true but Loney wants a 3 year deal which the Brewers will not give him. I’m also worried Davis’s asking price is impractically high.

Tommets
1 year 7 months ago

Thank you Mariners. That has opened up a potential deal for the Mets to trade Ike the the Brewers.

Rob Judd, Jr.
1 year 7 months ago

You might be getting Smoak!

Tom
1 year 7 months ago

If Logan Morrison is only worth Carter Capps, Then I don’t really see the point in trading Ike.

RC23
1 year 7 months ago

Mariners getting errybody

saxonius1
1 year 7 months ago

Next headline: Mariners Front-Office Arrested for Printing Money.

Matt Mccarron
1 year 7 months ago

LoMo made 400K last year, not sure how your terrible joke is relevant.

Mysterious Two Hole Steve
1 year 7 months ago

Clever remarks never get old. That made me, a 44 year, LOL. That’s hard to do.

AndyWarpath
1 year 7 months ago

Kendry Morales looking like this year’s Michael Bourn. I wonder what type of contract he’s realistically looking at now.

Matt Mccarron
1 year 7 months ago

Probably 2/18M at this point if the Orioles and/or Rangers still need a bat.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 7 months ago

1 year with M’s probably, no one will give up a pick for a so-so DH

BaMafromLa
1 year 7 months ago

I still can’t believe he declined the QO. Now there’s no place for him in Seattle.

AndyWarpath
1 year 7 months ago

seemed ridiculous at the time. is unquestionable insanity now.

Mike
1 year 7 months ago

I really hate this surrendering a draft pick rule, I think it just keeps smaller teams from landing big name free agents, and punishes players for playing good.

Chris Koch
1 year 7 months ago

in this case with Morales the small clubs can likely sign him to a 3/21mil deal as that is likely close to the best he’ll be offered. It’s like Lohse last year 3/33 when it was 13.3 for the QO he turned down.

If you’re giving up a mid 20s draft pick or later It’s not even 50/50 that drafted player ever makes it to the Major League team.

Mike King
1 year 7 months ago

You understand that the acquiring team always gave up their draft pick right? The major change now is that the pick just disappears where as before the team who lost the player would get the pick.

Mike
1 year 7 months ago

Yes and I didn’t like that system either, I feel this one may be worse though.

Mike King
1 year 7 months ago

In what way? The rule is designed really to protect the smaller teams. This penalizes the teams that are out there signing top 10-15 free agents every year for big money.

Morales could have made 14 million next year if he had taken the qualifying offer. I don’t see how he could complain about that except he gambled and apparently will lose.

1 year 7 months ago

Morales shouldn’t have declined the QO. He wasn’t worth 14 million and now he won’t come close to that number unless it’s a 2 or 3 year deal.

abes_seed
1 year 7 months ago

3/21M ?

alexamato
1 year 7 months ago

Good moves, and I don’t think they’re done. Wouldn’t shock me to see them trade Smoak, then re-acquire Morales and maybe even Choo, who would replace Guti in the outfield. Hell, an outfield of Ackley-Choo-Saunders/Hart won’t be terrible offensively at all. (that is, if the choo rumours are true, and he goes to the mariners).