Colorado Rockies Window Shopping Part 1: A first base bat
Logan Morrison – Minnesota Twins
Contract: Signed through ’18, 1 YR at $6.5 million (’18) with a ’19 team option
As teams played chicken with free agents this last offseason, at the last minute, the Minnesota Twins ended up signing Logan Morrison for one year at $6.5 million. Teams clearly didn’t put a premium on first base power bats this offseason.
This season, Logan Morrison has been playing catch-up after missing spring training and being stuck platooning with Joe Mauer in Minnesota and DH’ing. Morrison could benefit from being given a shot an everyday job, as he cranked 38 home runs and 85 runs-batted-in as a full time first baseman in 2017.
In 2018, entering Thursday, he has a slash line of .206/.306/.373, which obviously is not great. However, he has picked it up in May after an awful April. In May, he has a slash line of .306/.386/.560 with 4 doubles, 3 home runs, and 8 RBI.
Because of his current contract and overall production in 2018, he wouldn’t command much in a trade. However, it remains to be seen on whether or not the Rockies would be willing to give up anything for a rental player.
Also, it remains to be seen if the Twins will be sellers before the trade deadline. They enter Thursday with a record that is three games under .500 at 18-21. However, that is only 1.5 games back of the division leading Cleveland Indians, who lead the division with a 21-21 record.