Logan Morrison

Marlins unretire No. 5 for Logan Morrison

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Logan Morrison will have a new look this season. Nope, not just the new logo and uniforms, but also the number on his back.

Morrison broke the news via his Twitter account earlier this afternoon that he’ll switch to No. 5 this season after wearing No. 20 in his previous two seasons in the major leagues.

This is significant because no Marlin has ever worn No. 5. The number was retired at the Marlins’ first game on April 5, 1993 to honor of the team’s first president Carl Barger, who died of an aneurysm while attending baseball’s winter meetings in December of 1992. No. 5 was chosen because Barger’s favorite player was Joe DiMaggio.

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins plan to commemorate Barger’s memory with a plaque in the new ballpark. Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 is now the lone number out of circulation for the franchise.

The relationship between the Marlins and Morrison appeared strained, at least to the outsider’s eye, following the controversy over the 24-year-old’s surprising demotion last season, but this is a significant and unexpected sign of commitment on behalf of the organization.

Braves ink Blaine Boyer to a minor league deal

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 2:  Relief pitcher Blaine Boyer #48 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers to home plate during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on October 2, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.

Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.

Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.

Report: Rays nearing a deal with Shawn Tolleson

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 18: Reliever Shawn Tolleson #37 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on June 18, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.

Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.