Within an hour of adding free agent Corey Hart, Seattle added another shot of offense to their roster with the acquisition of Logan Morrison in a trade with Miami. Seattle sent right-hander Carter Capps, who struggled keeping the ball in the yard in 2013, to the Marlins.
Morrison was drafted out of high school in Louisiana in the 22nd round by the Marlins in 2005 but quickly made a name for himself as he climbed through their minor league system, being named a top-20 prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Following a strong debut for them in the second half of the 2010 season, Morrison was the Marlins' starting left fielder for much of the 2011 season, hitting 23 home runs but posting a relatively tame slash of .247/.330/.468. He's hit just .236/.321/.387 in the two years since, battling knee injuries and surgery on his right patellar tendon.
Morrison has also had his struggles off the field with the Marlins, never stopping short of speaking his mind on Twitter, being asked by the club to "tone it down" in the past, as well as filing a grievance against the club for the way that he perceived that they punished him for skipping a team event.
The left-handed swinger has struggled versus left-handed pitching in his career, posting just a .244/.329/.378 slash with a 22.9% strikeout rate and just a 2.2% HR rate against them. Those numbers are 16.0% and 3.1%, respectively, against right-handed pitching.
Morrison is under club control through the 2016 season and is very cheap -- something that is nice considering the recent expenditure on Cano and the general nature of trying to improve a young club via trades and free agency. Morrison, Hart and Justin Smoak clearly cannot all play first base, and Kendrys Morales would appear to no longer have anywhere to play on this team, so it will be interesting to see just how and when the other shoe drops here, but Seattle is definitely making some bold moves to try and upgrade the roster.
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