Free agent first baseman Logan Morrison told Jon Morosi on MLB Network Radio that playing for the Royals “would be a dream come true.” Morrison was born in Kansas City, Missouri.
Morrison, 30, has spent his eight seasons in the majors with the Marlins, Mariners, and Rays. This past season, he set career-highs in home runs and RBI with 38 and 85, respectively, while batting .246/.353/.516 in 601 plate appearances.
The Royals have seen a handful of important players hit free agency, including Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, and Mike Moustakas. They will need to replace that production somehow, and Morrison could be an option. Morrison, however, does not play good defense and would provide more value as a DH so their first base situation might not necessarily be fixed by adding him.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that Colby Rasmus has agreed to a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles.
Rasmus, 31, played only 37 games with the Rays last year. The reason: the previous offseason he underwent surgery to repair his left hip labrum and his core muscle, and the hip continued to bother him throughout spring training. He began the season on the disabled list and made his debut on May 2, hitting .281/.318/.579 in 129 plate appearances before going back on the DL June 23. He’d never return, “stepping away” from the game in the words of the club, which placed him on the restricted list for the remainder of the season.