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Logan Morrison: Playing for Royals “would be a dream come true”

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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.

Report: Major League Baseball bans transactions with Mexican League teams

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Major League Baseball has banned all transactions with Liga Mexicana de Beisbol (LMB), popularly known as the Mexican League. As of now, all 30 teams are prohibited from signing players under contract with LMB teams. The ban was issued due to Major League Baseball’s contention that “corruption” and “fraud” run rampant in the player acquisition process.

Passan describes the issues in detail, and they sound pretty compelling. The upshot: LMB clubs — which have full control over their players — are taking advantage of them, taking most if not all of the signing bonuses MLB teams give them after negotiating for their rights. Mexican teams often sign players when they’re 15 years-old so that, once they are old enough for American teams to approach them, they’re in the position to take a usurious cut.

Passan says Major League Baseball is demanding greater transparency from LMB before it’s willing to lift the ban. He also says that the MLBPA is in “lockstep” with Major League Baseball on the matter, which makes sense given that, if MLB’s claims are accurate, players are being exploited here. He also says that if LMB does not change its ways, there is a “Plan B,” though it’s not clear what that is.

There aren’t a ton of Mexican players signed by MLB teams each year, but there are enough to make this a significant issue that is worth watching.