Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have engaged with free agent Michael Morse recently. Jackson adds that the club prefers to go the free agent route for a first baseman as opposed to trading pitching, such as Henderson Alvarez or Jarred Cosart.
With Melky Cabrera now off the board, Morse is one of only a few enticing hitters remaining in free agency. The list becomes even more dour when you limit to first basemen.
Morse would certainly be a boon to the Marlins if he’s able to replicate his production from the 2014 season. He hit .279/.336/.475 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI in 482 plate appearances.
Across the league, scores of minor leaguers have been released in recent days. Already overworked and underpaid, these players are now left without any kind of reliable income during a pandemic, and during a time of civil unrest.
Jon Heyman reports that agent Scott Boras will pay the salaries of his minor league clients who were among those released. It’s a great and much-needed gesture. Boras described the releases as “completely unanticipated.”
Boras, of course, is perhaps the most successful sports agent of all time, so he and his company can afford to do this. That being said, it should be incumbent on the players’ teams — not their agents or their teammates — to take care of them in a time of crisis. Boras is, effectively, subsidizing the billionaire owners’ thriftiness.