Colorado Rockies rumors: What these players would bring to the team

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BOSTON, MA - MAY 29: Justin Smoak #14 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at Fenway Park on May 29, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 29: Justin Smoak #14 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at Fenway Park on May 29, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – MAY 04: Logan Morrison #99 of the Minnesota Twins bats against the Chicago White Soxat Guaranteed Rate Field on May 4, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Twins defeated the White Sox 6-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – MAY 04: Logan Morrison #99 of the Minnesota Twins bats against the Chicago White Soxat Guaranteed Rate Field on May 4, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Twins defeated the White Sox 6-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Logan Morrison is an interesting option. He was one of the players Rockies fans wanted the club to pursue last offseason before he signed a one year deal with the Minnesota Twins worth $6.5 million.

Now he’s a free agent again, and knowing what we know now, it probably worked out for the best that he went elsewhere, at least in the Rockies’ perspective.

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In just 359 plate appearances for the Twins, Morrison slashed .186/.276/.368 with a .644 OPS. His OPS+ was far below average at 73, as was his 74 wRC+. He didn’t bring much value to the Twin Cities with those numbers, and his -0.7 fWAR showed it.

Defensively, he’s right there with Murphy and Walker. His UZR was -0.7 and his RZR was .800. Where he separates himself is in the DRS category. Between Morrison, Murphy, Walker and Desmond, Morrison is the only one with a positive DRS, 3 to be exact.

2018 was an injury-shortened season for Morrison, not unlike Murphy. He appeared in just 95 games, and was that was probably a big reason for his underwhelming offensive stats. The edge goes to Morrison over Walker because of his youth. Morrison will turn 32 next August, and was a 3-win player in 2017 with Tampa Bay, when he had a wRC+ of 130. With a change of scenery and a clean bill of health, Morrison could be a fairly productive player, though his 2018 season will bring a degree of concern for whichever team decides to go for him.

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