The Marlins are so open to the idea of trading Logan Morrison, presuming they can get something decent back for him, that they've already had discussions with at least one potential replacement. According to sources, the Marlins have had serious discussions with former Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones, a left-handed hitter who has hit between 15 and 27 homers each of the past five seasons with Pittsburgh. There is interest on both sides. The Pirates did not tender Jones a contract last week after he hit a career-low .233 with 15 homers and 51 RBI last season. That was a dropoff from 2012, when he hit .274, with 27 homers and 86 RBI. Jones, 32, also can play right field, but the Marlins have said publicly that they don't plan to trade Giancarlo Stanton this offseason. A left-handed hitter, Jones spent his first season with Minnesota and the past five with Pittsburgh. He hit 21, 21 and 16 homers in his first three years with the Pirates and last year became the first Pirate to hit a home run into the Allegheny River, which is just beyond PNC Park.
Marlins have had 'serious' talks with Garrett Jones
Miami Herald | Dec 6