Quote of the Day: Marlins’ President David Samson on Logan Morrison’s Twitter habit

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As we’ve mentioned before, Logan Morrison has a pretty heavy Twitter habit.  He also has a pretty big following due to his quite colorful Twitter persona. So it’s no surprise that, if something Marlins-related is both cool and popular, the Marlins themselves don’t like it. Here’s team President David Samson:

“I’m not a dinosaur. But I’m not thrilled. It’s very scary to me. I’ve told Logan, `People are waiting for you to make a mistake. They’re going to bait you on Twitter to say something inappropriate that you can never take back.'”

Well, sure.  But isn’t also the case that the people who get in the most trouble for their mouths are ones who don’t do a lot of talking in the first place? So when they do — and when they step in it — it’s a much bigger deal?  In contrast, people who are always speaking their mind like Charles Barkley and Ozzie Guillen, tend to weather the little p.r. storms caused by unusual candor quite well, thank you. Mostly because, when they say something a bit jarring, it’s not, to use Samson’s phrase, “a mistake.”  It’s them being themselves, saying things not terribly unlike what people are used to hearing them say instead of talking in media-relations-approved sound bites.

Yes, a big uproar can happen if you’re a public figure and you say something stupid. But it’s way less of an uproar if people know where you’re coming from in the first place and are used to you saying only half-stupid things all the time.

Aaron Hicks to go on the disabled list with an oblique injury

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.

Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.

Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.

Report: Phillies making Maikel Franco available in trade discussions

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Phillies are making third baseman Maikel Franco “more than available” in trade discussions.

Franco, 24, is having an abysmal season after showing promise in 2015 and ’16. Through 289 plate appearances, he’s hitting .221/.280/.365 with nine home runs and 37 RBI. His hitting has tanked and his already below-average defense hasn’t shown any improvement.

It’s a bit surprising that the Phillies would be so eager to move Franco with his value about as low as it can go. Franco is also under control of the rebuilding Phillies through the 2021 season, so the team doesn’t have to rush into moving him. He will become eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season.

Furthermore, the Phillies don’t have an immediate replacement for Franco at third base. Andres Blanco would likely get everyday starts at the hot corner in the short-term, but as far as prospects go, there are no third baseman banging down the door. If the Phillies were to trade Franco, it would likely have to be in return for a young, talented third baseman who will be under team control for several more years.