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Marlins trade Logan Morrison to Mariners

Dec 11, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

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Not satisfied with adding Corey Hart to the lineup today the Mariners have also acquired Logan Morrison from the Marlins for right-hander Carter Capps, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.

Morrison has been mostly injured and ineffective for the past two seasons, hitting just .236 with a .708 OPS in 178 total games, but he has good plate discipline and 25-homer power from the left side of the plate and is still just 26 years old.

Hart and Morrison both have plenty of previous outfield experience, so the Mariners will divvy up the first base, left field, and designated hitter playing time three ways among Hart, Morrison, and Justin Smoak. And whatever chance there was of Kendrys Morales re-signing with Seattle is now gone.

Capps was the Mariners’ third-round pick in 2011 and has struggled in the majors so far with a 5.04 ERA, but he throws in the high-90s and has racked up 94 strikeouts in 84 innings after posting awesome numbers in the minors. He’s also 23 years old, so there’s definitely plenty of upside for a late-inning bullpen role in Miami.

  1. meatcarroll - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    C’mon Mariners, go all in and trade Taiwan Jogger to the Tuna for Giarcarlo Esposito Martin.

    • bkoz1 - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Why would the Fish want the country of Taiwan for the grand kingdom of Stanton?

  2. Kevin S. - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    I don’t get the pile-on for the Mariners getting both LoMo and Hart. Neither one has to play the outfield. Wash your hands of Smoak, platoon Morrison and Montero at first, DH Hart. Where’s the issue?

    • Reflex - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      Agreed, these deals make sense and they gave up little for them. Both are ‘upside’ guys. If one pans out it was well worth it, if neither does it didn’t cost them much.

      I would like to see them go for Choo or Kemp, and a top flight starter so long as it does not cost them Walker.

      • spudchukar - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        Cory Hart is an under-appreciated corner outfielder. His short time at 1B, makes him more valuable, but was more a result of need and injury recovery. As a Cards fan I am happy to see him move on, and as one who also roots for the Mariners it is a very good move.

        Morrison is intriguing. He has shown the ability to hit, at times. Not much to his game other than that, but he is definitely an upgrade over Smoak, who is similar to Morrison, but has proven he cannot hit either.

      • Old Gator - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        @reflex: Gezundheit!

  3. blazenhawks - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    They should wipe there hands of Smoak he has been unproductive

  4. nbjays - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Breathlessly awaiting Old Gator’s verbose, grandiose and obtuse analysis of the Tweeter trade.

    /grabs popcorn (but saves a handful to throw at Historio)

    • Old Gator - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      The guy couldn’t drive in a run from second base with a Hummer limo, and so presumably he takes his .160-vicinity RISP with him to Cow Chip Cookies country. For the Feesh, this is addition by subtraction. He didn’t like seeing the batting coach he credited with making him the hitter he was fired, which tells me he had found happiness by accepting his limitations. He didn’t like praying mantises which tells me he never tried to grow tomatoes. He didn’t much like tits, either, or at least had no idea of what they were ackcherley for, which tells me he was probably bottle fed. He wasn’t much of an outfielder, running some very odd patterns on balls hit right at him, which tells me he was part of the great crop circle hoax. And he loved to write stupid things on Twitter, which tells me he needs to get a life. Assuming that he doesn’t mold over easily, he should find one in clam country.

  5. phillysports1 - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    1. Choo CF
    2. Hart 1B
    3. Cano 2B
    4. Tulowitzki SS
    5. Seager 3B
    6. Morrison LF
    7. Smoak DH
    8. Montero C
    9. Saunders RF

    What do you think ?

    • blazenhawks - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      haha oh how aweome that would be!!! Buttttt this is the Mariners that won’t happen

    • Kevin S. - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      The 2005 Yankees are glad to hear they’ll no longer be history’s worst defense.

      • bkoz1 - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        LoMo plays the outfield with a frying pan and a rubber band. For M’s fan’s sake, I hope they keep him at 1B/DH.

    • Reflex - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      Smoak may have hitting issues, but he’s an excellent defender. Putting him at DH is silly. Hart is possibly a better LF than Morrison, so not sure if that’s the best alignment. Tulo isn’t a M, Franklin or Mills is the choice there. Not sure why you put Montero at C when Zunio is the top prospect and held his own last year.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      Why don’t you throw in Trout and Manny Machado for good measure?

    • xjokerz - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      why the hell would the Rockies trade the best Shortstop in baseball?

    • pftfan - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      2009 called, they want “Montero’s potential as a catcher” back.

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      Jesus Montero at Catcher? (explodes in laughter)

      And how are you getting your hands on Tulo? Kidnapping?

  6. hankster08 - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Anyone think Logan is just a chip that will be in the package for Price?

    • Reflex - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      Not a terrible point, although since Price won’t consider an extension his value just went down substantially as a trade target. No way to give up Walker for a guaranteed only two years of Price.

      • hankster08 - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        True, but Logan, Zunnino and a different pitcher other than Walker might.

      • Reflex - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:56 PM

        Giving up Zuninio would be a mistake.

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      Only if that chip represents the busboy to carry Taiwan Walker’s luggage because Logan Morrison holds little interest to the Rays (or else they’d have him by now)

  7. billybawl - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    I know it means zip, but watching Capps warm up in the bullpen at Safeco was intimidating. Guy throws hard.

    • bkoz1 - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      In being a Marlins fan and knowing nothing about Capps that is good to hear. We let a couple vet relievers go (Qualls and Dunn) from a decent bullpen last year. I hope LoMo has some success, ya’ll in Seattle will come to like the guy. An athlete with some actual personality. Are there Praying Mantis in Washington?

      • Old Gator - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        Yep. And giant slugs too. And someone has to tell him not to take a dare to swallow a newt when he’s bombed.

  8. phillysports1 - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Well Hart is not a LF He’s projected to play RF or 1B. He’s coming of a left and right knee surgery. You don’t know what you going get from Zunino or Montero next year. Zunino batted .214 -_- ..

    Yes I think my 5 year old nephew knows Tulo is not a Mariner, I was just throwing stuff out there calm down geez ..
    You can’t lie though my lineup looks good right ? Haha

    • Reflex - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      Hart likely can handle LF at Safeco better than RF. Less ground to cover on two surgically repaired knees. As for Zunino, he has a higher ceiling and outperformed Montero despite being younger. I’ll take him over Montero any day. Also, Zunino has excellent defense, Montero is a 1B at best, and possibly only a DH.

      And yes your lineup looks good. But anyone can create a great lineup if they play what if games with players from other teams. I consider it disrespectful to make such assumptions or even implications, I’m sure Rockies fans don’t appreciate it any more than Seattle fans appreciated all the Yanks fans who penciled Felix into their rotation last season.

  9. phillysports1 - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    I said the same thing I don’t know why would they trade the best SS in baseball but it’s possible . Jose Reyes was once the best SS in baseball and got traded .

  10. uyf1950 - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    All I can and will say at this point is talk of this board about the Mariners went from potentially getting Price and Choo in the fold, to the reality of signing Hart and Morrison.

    • Old Gator - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      Gezundtheit!

    • Reflex - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      Neither of the other two are out of the question yet. Nor is Tanaka. The M’s still have a payroll far below last season even with all these trades and signings.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        My friend not that far below it. According to Cots the Mariners payroll in 2013 was about $85MM so far this year just for just for 8 players that includes Cano and these 2 signings it comes to about $70MM. Also keep in mind while Hart is only guaranteed $5MM according to reports he can earn an additional $8MM in incentives, I’m sure based on PA’s etc… If he earns that $8MM the Mariners payroll for just 8 players will be approaching $80MM.

        But I agree Price, Choo and even Tanaka are still a possibility, but not a likelihood. I think even you would have to agree with that.

      • Reflex - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        M’s payroll has been stated to be permitted as high as $120 mil with permission to go beyond that if they are a piece or two away from being a contender. Yes they have brought it up, but they still have a lot of space to work with. In the current situation simply adding Price only brings them to last season’s level, and that was a low. Adding Price and Choo would still leave them room to maneuver.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:15 PM

        reflex, your most recent comment is different then the one prior to that. I was responding to your comment that said “The M’s still have payroll far below last season…” That simply isn’t an accurate statement.

      • Reflex - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        Fair enough, my calculations were based on the $33 mil they had prior to Cano and the $24 mil he added. That puts them at $57 mil. I had no idea what they paid for Hart or LoMo. If that brought them up to $70 mil I’d say they are overpaying a bit. I don’t think they are worried about the incentives, if he earns them he’ll have more than paid for them with performance.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        reflex let me address your comment about the Mariners being given the flexibility to bring their payroll up to about $120MM for 2014.

        We have already discussed that as of these signing however without adding in Hart’s $8MM incentives their payroll will approach about $70MM for just 8 players. If you add in Hart’s incentives lets say their payroll is $75MM for those same 8 players.

        Adding in you think Price and Choo as possibilities Price according to MLBTR is projected to earn $13MM +/- this year via arbitration. Add in say $20MM+/- per for Choo according to his and Boras’s demands that roughly $75MM is now about $108MM for just 10 players. Add in another $15 to $20MM minimum to fill out the remaining 15 spots on the 25 man active roster and now the Mariners payroll is over $120MM. And that’s not including anything for the 15 players that make up the 40 man roster or the roughly $12MM MLB charges each and every team for benefits. All of a sudden the Mariners payroll for MLB purposes is approaching $135MM +/-. And there are still no assurances that the Mariners have enough to overtake the A’s and Rangers in the standings.

  11. 7ftgriff - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    I don’t think the M’s should move Smoak, Smoak actually looked like he was turning the corner in the latter half of 2012. Package Montero/Franklin and some other minor leaguers in a Trade for Matt Kemp.

    1.Saunders CF
    2. Miller SS
    3.Cano 2B
    4.Kemp RF
    5.Seager 3B
    6.Hart LF
    7.Smoak 1B
    8.Zunino C
    9. Morrison/Hart (on days Almonte plays) DH

    then trade for Jose Quintana and throw this rotation

    King Felix
    Iwakuma
    Quintana
    Walker
    Paxton/Ramirez

    • Reflex - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      This seems far more reasonable although Kemp could be any number of others(sign Choo for instance). I think this is a much more likely way for things to look on opening day. And its a pretty nice lineup.

  12. phillysports1 - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    ^ good lineup but I only added Tulo because I think that’s kind of what mariners need but I know it’s not going happen I was just saying lol . Trade a package for him who knows .. Nick miller and Saunders have to go and I agree along with Smoak .

    • Reflex - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Wow, two of the three who ‘have to go’ made their major league debuts in the second half of last season and held their own. I have no idea what your problem is with Saunders, he’s pretty good. Smoak I can see being frustrated with, but selling low might not be the best approach there.

      • Reflex - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        Just to be clear, Miller put up a 2.0WAR(major league regular level production) with 8HR and a .265BA in less than half a season from the SS position while playing more than adequate defense. At age 23. In a pitchers park.

        Nick Franklin put up a 2.3WAR and 12 HR’s while playing a very good 2B(he’s a converted SS), at only age 22.

        These are guys a team typically builds around. Saying they ‘have to go’ is crazy. Yes they are guys you potentially trade, but they certainly pulled their weight last season.

  13. kevinbnyc - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    The Mariners are becoming the 2014 edition of the 2013 Blue Jays/2012 Marlins.

  14. rublestiltzkin - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    kevinbnyc December 11, 2013, 3:02 PM PST

    The Mariners are becoming the 2014 edition of the 2013 Blue Jays/2012 Marlins.___________________________________
    Okay, even though the situation wouldn’t have actually called for it, I could understand your weak attempt at humor through your comment directly following the Cano signing. But you’re gonna make it now? On the tail end of a day where we acquired Corey Hart, and traded for Logan Morrison? What do you know about these two that no other human being knows that would warrant said comment?

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