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Marlins Way: Garrett Jones Signs with Marlins


In a transaction that seemed like it was done for days, Garrett Jones officially signed with the Miami Marlins yesterday. It appears that Jones will play first base, although Miami will presumably be looking for someone to platoon with him due to his struggle to hit left-handed pitching. I may be in the minority for this decision, but I like it.

For starters, Jones will essentially fill the same role that Logan Morrison did for Miami. He should hit more home runs, and get on base less than LoMo. Now assuming that a trade of Morrison will bring back potentially good assets, I would rather have the slight decrease at first base, with more talent waiting in the wings at other positions.

I saw the next two years playing out one of two ways for Morrison, either he was going to have a breakout season that many of us had expected for quite sometime, and be in line for a significant contract extension that Miami would have been unable/unwilling to pay him. Or he would have continued his struggles of the past couple of years with injuries and ineffectiveness, effectively killing his trade value and added to the Jorge Cantu‘s and Gaby Sanchez‘s of the past.

Either way, I don’t see LoMo as the starting first baseman in a couple of years from now on a winning team. To be fair, I don’t see Jones as that either, but this route provides us with more assets and this team desperately needs those. Hopefully the assets that we receive will either contain a first baseman of the future, or can be flipped to provide said first baseman.

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