Conflicting reports about Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz. Jon Heyman reported that he formally requested a trade. He tells Andrew Baggarly, however, that’s not so:
“I haven’t said one thing about anything other than baseball in two weeks,” said Schierholtz, who told the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this month that he would be open to a change of scenery that would give him the opportunity to play every day.
“Nothing has changed at all. My agent knows if anybody is going to say anything (to the Giants), it’s me. I expressed how I felt a couple weeks ago and that was the end of it.”
This could be quibbling about date ranges. And, ultimately, it doesn’t much matter, right? It’s not like Schierholtz has a no-trade clause or that Brian Sabean has to do his bidding. He’s a potentially useful bat for someone and could easily be part of a trade, of course, but it’s not like he’s driving the bus in San Francisco.
The Twins are reportedly interested in signing free agent first baseman Logan Morrison, according to a report from Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The two sides don’t appear to be working toward anything concrete at the moment, but Berardino adds that newly-signed pitcher Jake Odorizzi has been having conversations with the slugger to gauge his interest in a potential deal.
Morrison, 30, enjoyed a tremendous season with the Rays in 2017. He finished his two-year circuit with the team after slashing .246/.353/.516 with a career-best 38 home runs, .363 wOBA and 3.3 fWAR in 601 plate appearances. It was just the second time he’d managed to produce more than 20 home runs in a single season, and he finished the year tied for fifth-most dingers in the AL and eighth-most in the league.
The free agent slugger has been linked to a plethora of interested parties this offseason, including the Red Sox, Royals, Indians, Angels and Mets, but hasn’t drawn any substantial offers in an admittedly slow market. Should he reach an agreement with the Twins, Berardino notes that the club could use him to back up both Joe Mauer and Miguel Sano in a dual first base/DH role.