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Marlins discuss Logan Morrison with Pirates, Rays

Dec 9, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

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Now that the Marlins have gotten older and worse by signing Garrett Jones, the smarter teams are coming out of the woodwork in pursuit of Logan Morrison.’s Jon Morosi says both the Pirates and Rays have had conversations regarding the first baseman.

John Perotto of the Beaver County Times reports that the Pirates and Marlins have talked about a 2-for-1 that would send the versatile Josh Harrison and a second player to Miami for Morrison. Ironically, that would essentially make Morrison the replacement for Jones in Pittsburgh.

What’s going on in the Rays’ talks isn’t as clear, though it was reported last week that the Marlins liked infielder-outfielder Sean Rodriguez. Either Harrison or Rodriguez could serve as a starting third baseman for Miami until 2013 first-round pick Colin Moran is ready.

The interesting sidenote here is that both the Pirates and Rays would likely prefer to sign James Loney to play first base than acquire Morrison. Loney, though, is currently asking for a three-year deal in the $20 million range. If Morrison does get traded to one of the teams, it could actually serve to bring down Loney’s price tag for the other.

  1. clydeserra - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    the Rachael Rays?

  2. km9000 - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    This headline makes me think the discussion went:
    “Can you believe what he tweeted about Rachael Ray?”
    “I know, right?”
    “I totally gotta text the Pirates about this.”

  3. benrob99 - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    I never thought I’d live long enough to see the Pirates called one of the “smart teams”.

  4. Old Gator - Dec 9, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Have the Feesh really gotten “worse”? When you’ve been a last place team for years, how much worse can you get? In the immortal words of someone or other, they finished last with him, and they can finish last without him, too.

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