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Logan Morrison would have to be part of the return for Gio Gonzalez

Nov 21, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

Logan Morrison AP

A quick take on the story Craig relayed earlier. I thought the last paragragh of David Villavicencio’s piece on a possible Gio Gonzalez-to-Florida deal was the most interesting one:

The source says three different players have been discussed as potential pieces for the deal. All three players played significant time with the Marlins last season. It is unlikely that all three would be involved in the deal.

So, we’re talking major leaguers. And that makes it pretty much a given that Logan Morrison is someone being talked about. Mike Stanton has to off-limits, and it’s doubtful that Hanley Ramirez is on the block just yet (even if he is, it’s doubtful the A’s would be a strong suitor there). It’s Morrison.

Morrison would add to Oakland’s crowd of first basemen, but he’s enough better than all of the rest to secure the position immediately. The A’s could also leave him in left field for another year, but first is where he belongs for the long haul and they might as well get started on the transition now, even if it leaves Daric Barton and Brandon Allen without much of a role in Oakland’s plans.

Morrison is the kind of potent bat that the A’s will need to deal Gonzalez. It doesn’t come with premium defense, but he should threaten to make an All-Star team or two before he qualifies for free agency in five years.

Some other names likely being discussed:

Chris Coghlan – The current guess is that Coghlan, the 2009 NL Rookie of the Year, will open next year in the minors after hitting .230/.296/.368 in 269 at-bats last season. He seems primed for a rebound, though, and it would make sense for the Marlins to hang on to him if they trade Morrison.

Ricky Nolasco – The rumor lately is that the Marlins have decided to keep Nolasco, whose trade value is down after seasons of 5.06 and 4.51 ERAs. He’s also on the hook for $22 millon over the next two years. The A’s might be willing to take a shot on him anyway, but only as a secondary piece of the deal.

Chris Volstad – Volstad seems more likely than Nolasco to be part of a deal with the A’s. He probably won’t have a rotation spot anyway if the Marlins bring in another starter. The former first-round pick has been an annual disappointment, but his strikeout rate was up and his walk rate was down last year.

  1. trevorb06 - Nov 21, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Such a trade would make way too much sense for both sides that it probably won’t happen. If it does I imagine it’ll be Morrison and Coghlin for Gio and a PTBNL (a lowly prospect). I’d love to see Coghlin bounce back but I just don’t see it happening in Miami.

    • Old Gator - Nov 21, 2011 at 1:05 PM

      If Coghlan does bounce back, it won’t be like a flubber ball. I think he’s going to be another flash-in-the-pan ROY who might be a long-term useful journeyman type player if his frangible joints hold up. Clearly, he’s not much more than an afterthought as far as actually playing for the Feesh, and that if they think about him at all, it’s as part of a trade package.

      And I also think that Tweeter’s off-the-field shenanigans have managed to overshadow the fact that however entertaining he is, he’s really a mediocre ballplayer. He has some home run pop but he is a terrible situational hitter (.156 RISP, I think) and an adequate fielder at best.

  2. JB (the original) - Nov 21, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Haven’t followed the Fish enough to know the $$$/yrs aspect, but if Morrison is thought to be a 1B long term, who would they rather hang onto, him or Gaby? (not even thinking about where either one of them would play IF they were to win (lose?) the Pujols sweepstakes).

    • Old Gator - Nov 21, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      Of course they’d prefer to hold on to Gaby Sanchez. He’s a better all around ballplayer and he’s Latino, and has been mentioned here before – correctly – the Feesh are trying to become “Latin American’s Team.” I think that’s a stupid way to run a ballclub, catering to only a portion of your market, but that’s Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua for ye.

  3. thomas2727 - Nov 21, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Call me crazy but Gio for Morrison? What am I missing?

    Gio pitched 200 innings the past 2 seasons with 3.23 and 3.12 ERA. Sorry I don’t have time to do a thorough analysis at the moment. But those are good seasons in the A.L.

    Morrison is a guy that if it were not for Twitter most baseball fans outside Miami would have never heard of.

    His numbers over a full season last season would have translated to around 28 HR 90 RBI. And Oakland is notorious for being a pitchers park.

    I just can’t see trading a quality left handed starter for a guy the has one full season under his belt and has shown nothing spectacular.

    • Old Gator - Nov 21, 2011 at 5:43 PM

      I agree, frankly. But I don’t think the Feesh would get Gio for Tweeter alone. He’d have to be part of a package.

  4. CJ - Nov 21, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Please don’t do this deal. Guillen and Morrison were meant to be on the same club.

    • Old Gator - Nov 21, 2011 at 7:20 PM

      Slobbering Ozzie and Milton Bradley were meant to be on the same club, but as Cormac McCarthy sagely wrote in Cities of the Plain, “one should not expect too much of justice in this world.”

      Um – doesn’t Milton Bradley Company make Ouija Scrabble?

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