After a slow start to the free agency period for the Marlins, it appears as if they have hit their stride. Barry Jackson, writer for the Miami Herald, is reporting that the Marlins are in discussions with former Pittsburgh Pirate Garrett Jones.
Open to trading Morrison, Marlins are in discussions with power hitting free agent 1B & ex-Pirate Jones. Link: http://t.co/qmreEtotN0
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) December 6, 2013
Jones, 32, did not receive a tender from the Pirates last week after posting some career low numbers. Nevertheless, Steamer has Jones projected to hit .251/.312/.445 next year. They have also projected him to hit over 20 home runs. Jones has also been a strong doubles hitter averaging just under 30 doubles a season over the last 4 years. Numbers like that should project well in the gap friendly Marlins Park.
This obviously indicates that the Marlins are still interested in potentially moving Logan Morrison. I see a lot of similarities between Morrison and Jones. LoMo will probably get on base more often, but Jones has slightly more power.
The big difference between the two would be age, with Morrison 26-years old and Jones 6 years older. If Miami is able to get an everyday third baseman in return for Morrison, I would be on board with signing Jones and trading LoMo. As much as I like him as a player and personality, The Marlins would gain more than they would lose in that trade.
The more I hear about the Marlins looking at alternatives at first base, the more I believe that Morrison will be traded during the upcoming winter meetings. What do you think? Should the Marlins sign Jones and look to trade LoMo? Let us know in the comments below.