Jon Heyman reports that the Mariners and Logan Morrison have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.
Morrison, acquired by the Mariners in a December trade, requested $2.5 million. The M’s countered with $1.1 million. He can get an extra $350K in incentives, however. He has hit .236 with a .708 OPS in 178 total games over the past two seasons.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.