Garrett Jones is nearing a two year deal with the Marlins. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
This deal would almost certainly mean that Logan Morrison is available via trade. Earlier this week I wrote that the first base market is now looking like a buyer's market. I think this set of moves only adds to that. The Marlins weren't considered a team that needed a first baseman, and the swap of Jones for Morrison on the market does nothing to change the quantity of first basemen available. That said, if I had a choice between Morrison and Jones, I would take Morrison.
Jones is coming off a down year at the age of 32 where he had a .708 OPS, including a .730 OPS against right-handers. That's a concern due to the age, although there would be the hope for any signing team that it was just a down year, and not the start of his decline. ...
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