With Hart and LoMo Off The Boards, Plot Thickens For First Base Market

An article by posted on December 11, 2013

San Diego Padres v Miami Marlins

About ten minutes after announcing that they had acquired Corey Hart to their roster, news broke that the Seattle Mariners have also acquired Logan Morrison from the Marlins for right-hander Carter Capps, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.

Morrison has been mostly injured and ineffective for the past two seasons, hitting just .236 with a .708 OPS in 178 total games, but he has good plate discipline and 25-homer power from the left side of the plate and is still just 26 years old.

With Hart and Morrison both off the boards, the Tampa Bay Rays and Milwaukee Brewers, who are both in the market for first basemen, have seen their options drastically reduced.

As of now, only James Loney and Kendrys Morales remain as free agents, while Mitch MorelandIke Davis, Mike Carp and Michael Morse look to be available in trades.

Also, the Mariners now have their own glut at first base which could mean Justin Smoak is now available.

The plot thickens… Isn’t this kind of fun?

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