Garrett Jones reportedly drawing trade interest

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Joe Frisaro has the scoop in his latest entry at MLB.com’s Fish Pond:

The Marlins have yet to officially announce the free agent signing of Michael Morse, but already the club has received calls from teams interested in Garrett Jones.

Morse’s arrival gives the Marlins some flexibility regarding Jones, who suddenly becomes available. Miami may decide to keep Jones, and use him as a left-handed bat off the bench, either at first base or in right field.

But most likely Jones will be dealt, and there are teams who have expressed interest, MLB.com has learned.

Jones, a left-handed hitter, boasts an .811 career OPS against right-handed pitching and he’s not all that far removed from his impressive .832 OPS, 27-homer 2012 campaign with the Pirates. The 33-year-old first baseman is due $5 million in 2015. He can then become a free agent.

With so many clubs seeking power this winter, Jones could fetch the Fish some legitimate talent.

Justin Bour can serve as the lefty complement to the right-handed Morse next season in Miami.

Sean Doolittle to miss more time with stress reaction in bridge of left foot

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Nationals closer Sean Doolittle will miss more time than expected as he is dealing with a stress reaction in the bridge of his left foot, MASN’s Mark Zuckerman reports. Doolittle started feeling soreness in his left foot two weeks ago and went on the 10-day disabled list on July 10, retroactive to the 7th.

According to Zuckerman, Doolittle’s injury is similar to a bone bruise. The lefty will stop his rehab program and will likely miss several more weeks than expected. The injury caused Doolittle to not participate in the All-Star Game, but his hope was to return shortly after the second half began.

Doolittle, 31, has 22 saves and a 1.45 ERA with a 49/3 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings for the Nationals this season. Kelvin Herrera will likely get the lion’s share of save chances while Doolittle is out.