Logan Morrison might be on of the biggest disappointments in Marlins franchise history. The Garrett Jones signing was supposed to bring stability to the first base position. In Garrett Jones, the Miami Marlins were hoping to find someone that could be both productive on the field and quiet off the field.
Unfortunately for the team, the Jones’ signing has been a bust. Earlier this month I postured for manager Mike Redmond to start giving Justin Bour more time at first, in place of Jones. Bour has been playing more of late, but not because of the benching of Jones.
This does not mean that the struggles at first base have gone unnoticed by the Marlins. According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Jones’ could be headed for a lesser role with the team next season, or even traded.
"Regardless, there’s a decent chance first baseman Garrett Jones –– due $5 million in 2015 –– will be traded or moved to the bench. If the Marlins can’t find a full-time first baseman, they could find someone to platoon with the left-handed hitting Jones."
The team is reportedly interested in Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval, which could shift Casey McGehee to first and have already had discussions about possibly moving left fielder Christian Yelich to first base. This certainly does not bode well for Jones’ future with the team.
It’s good that the Marlins see that they need improvement at a position that the team has struggled to fill for the last couple of seasons. Now if only the team could see that their short stop situation could be improved as well.