Garrett Jones Nearing a Deal With the Marlins

The Miami Marlins are nearing a two year deal with Garrett Jones, according to Ken Rosenthal.

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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. Morrison has a career .764 OPS and a career .786 OPS against right-handers. You also have to consider that he plays in a pitcher’s park. He turned 26 in August, so there is still the hope that he could improve on those numbers as he enters his prime. If I had a choice between hoping Garrett Jones isn’t on the decline at 32, and hoping Logan Morrison can improve at age 26, I’d choose the latter.

There are five to six teams currently in need of a first baseman. The free agent market has Mike Napoli, Kendrys Morales, James Loney, and Corey Hart. The trade market now has Morrison, Ike Davis, Adam Lind, Mitch Moreland, and Mark Trumbo. The odds of the Pirates getting a good first base option looked good the other day. Those odds go up now that Morrison has been added to the market.

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Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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