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Marlins close to signing Garrett Jones; Logan Morrison on the way out?

Dec 6, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Marlins are close to signing first baseman/corner outfielder Garrett Jones, who was let go by the Pirates last week.

Jones lost his job to Justin Morneau down the stretch and the Pirates didn’t want to pay him around $5 million via arbitration. Why the Marlins want him is sort of unclear, because Jones is a mediocre 33-year-old coming off a career-worst season in which he hit just .233 with 15 homers and a .708 OPS in 144 games.

Signing him would clear the path for Miami to trade Logan Morrison and perhaps that deal could bring back some long-term help in the form of young talent, but a Morrison-for-Jones switch isn’t likely to help the lineup any in the short term.

UPDATE: Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that Jones is getting a two-year, $7.5 million deal.

  1. greymares - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    They’re trading Stanton to Philly

  2. chadjones27 - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    He’s trade bate for the Phillies

  3. slaugin - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Pfft.. Stanton is far to young for any interest from the Phillies

    • spudchukar - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      He could baby-sit the other players grand-children on off days.

    • ryanrockzzz - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      Well they could always just keep him in the minors until he’s 30….nothing out of the norm for em there.

  4. edelmanfanclub - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    They both haven’t been very good players on a full time basis (100+games). Jones has more power, but for the most part have under sub 2.0 WAR and sub .250 averages. Not really a bad signing tho

    • Old Gator - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      Those are Scrooge McLoria’s target numbers. Maybe he thinks a pudgy slash line would be too rich for Mike Redmond’s blood.

    • apkyletexas - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Jones is a left-hander who has hit right-handed pitching quite well in his career. The Pirates have gone into each of the past three or four seasons planning to platoon him with a good hitter against left-handers, but each season injuries have forced him to be used more full-time in situations where the platoon fell apart.

      • Reflex - Dec 6, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        You know if the Pirates had left him in the minors a bit longer he might have learned to hit left handers….

      • eddiek77 - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:55 PM

        Yeah, maybe that strategy would have worked for Pedro, too. My 10 year old nephew could fool him with a curve in the dirt.

      • steelerfan9598 - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:10 PM

        He came up in the Twins system.

  5. phillysports1 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:14 PM


    Your right lol . Age limit 36 jk

  6. Old Gator - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Tweeter needs a major change of scenery. That’s not saying he’ll be any better wherever he winds up, unless it is certifiably praying mantis and boob free, but, you know, he may just have become antipathetic to palm trees. Ants follow chemical trails to food sources that have been laid down by the ants ahead of them. Toronto would work well.

    As far as Garrett Jones, same comment as I made about the equally inexplicable Rafael Furcal signing. I don’t see this translating into any changes in the w/l profile. He won’t do the Iron Giant any good in the lineup whatsoever. Maybe the Feesh front orifice figures that so few folks came out to watch their last batch of washed-ups, wannabes and never-wuzzes will come out to watch a fresh batch of washed-ups, wannabees and never wuzzes.

    Maybe you can’t blame the Feesh for trying to catch lightning in a bottle, but, on the other hand, you have to wonder why they’re standing in the Feesh tank while they try.

    • pbastille - Dec 6, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      Catching lightning in a bottle has never been a problem for the Feesh — it’s getting the cork in before the lightning gets back out is where they fail

  7. phillysports1 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Marcell Ozuna is not good enough to play in their outfield ?

    • Old Gator - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      Jones will play first. Tweeter is toast. I would say milqtoast, but he’s on record as being opposed to nursing in public.

  8. rdillon99 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Oh no, LoMo!

  9. joewilliesshnoz - Dec 6, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    He’ll hit 25 homers against righties, not a bad pick-up for 7.5 .

    • Old Gator - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      Not playing at Macondo Banana Massacre Field, he won’t. It’s a long way to the wall. American Airlines runs a commuter jet between home plate and the right field boxes.

  10. dcobb1621 - Dec 6, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Reblogged this on Oh When The Spurs Go Across the Pond.

  11. steelers88 - Dec 6, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Good riddance Garrett Jones is washed up. Take it from a Pirates fan. He was putrid last year even with that short porch in RF. I can’t imagine what he will be like in Miami. I certainly won’t be shedding a tear now that his gone.

  12. eddiek77 - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    I liked Garrett Jones, but there were times last season that he looked overmatched….and that was while he was in the on deck circle. He was given many, many opportunities in Pittsburgh but never cashed them in. Maybe the change of scenery will help but the guy is a sucker for a left hander’s curve and just seems to go through too many funks to justify this kind of contract.

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