Frisaro: Teams Calling About Garrett Jones Already
By Billy Brost
According to a recent story by MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, teams are already calling the Miami Marlins to check on the availability of first baseman/outfielder Garrett Jones. Jones, who hit 15 home runs and drove in 46 in 2014, is in the final year of his current contract with the Marlins, and is very affordable at $5 million dollars.
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The calls from other teams comes on the heels of Miami’s signing of free agent first baseman and outfielder Michael Morse, whom the Marlins inked to a two-year deal earlier today. The deal has yet to be officially announced, but with a lack of value bats on the free agent market, teams aren’t waiting around for formalities.
There is no guarantee that the Marlins move Jones according to Frisaro, who may choose to use Jones off of the bench, or move him around both the outfield and first base as part of a platoon. He provides solid left-handed power and doesn’t cost the Marlins much to keep on the roster. The other alternative for the Fish, is to move Jones for a needed piece, and promote Triple-A first baseman Justin Bour, who could serve in the same bench capacity as Jones, but at a much cheaper rate.
In the meantime, the team is also still deciding whether or not to trade recently acquired Dan Haren, who as of this writing, is sticking to his original statement that he will retire rather than leave the west coast and his family to pitch. The team could possibly swing a deal with San Diego or Arizona depending on each of those team’s interests in the right-hander, who is due $10 mil in 2015.