The Marlins had a miserable .198/.268/.272 batting line from their first basemen coming into play today, but the club should get a boost at the position in the coming days.
According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Logan Morrison is expected to be activated from the disabled list for Monday’s series opener against the Brewers.
Morrison, who had surgery last September to repair a torn patellar tendon in his right knee, is hitting .182 (10-for-55) with two homers in 15 rehab games between High-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville. However, the important part is that he hasn’t suffered any setbacks with the knee. And hey, it’s not like he could be worse than what the Marlins have been putting out there.
After posting an .811 OPS between 2010-2011, Morrison dropped down to a .707 OPS in 93 games last year. His knee has been an issue for a long time now, so perhaps some improved health will set him up for that long-awaited breakout. Remember, he’s still just 25 years old.
Giancarlo Stanton likely isn’t far behind Morrison, though the Marlins may push him back for a couple of days due to rained out rehab games. The young slugger has been sidelined since April 29 with a strained right hamstring.
Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.
That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.
Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.