The Seattle Mariners have continued their flurry of offseason activity by trading for Miami Marlins outfielder and first baseman Logan Morrison. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reported that right-handed reliever Carter Capps is heading the other way in exchange for Morrison.
Source: #Marlins trading Logan Morrison to Seattle for RHP Carter Capps
— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) December 11, 2013
The news comes on the same afternoon that the Mariners signed free agent Corey Hart to a one year deal, as covered here by SIA's Richard Migliorisi. Morrison was already expected to be traded, with the Tampa Bay Rays thought to be a possible landing spot. Seattle seem determined to bolster their lineup around recently-signed superstar second baseman Robinson Cano, although both players will carry significant injury concerns into 2014.
Morrison began the 2013 season on the 60-day-DL after undergoing knee surgery in 2012 and did not play in his first game until June. The 26-year-old has dealt with a string of knee problems over the last couple of years and has only managed to play more than 100 games once in his major league career. He has shown promise with the bat when healthy, with a career OPS+ of 107, but is yet to prove he can be a full-time member of a major league lineup.
Capps, still just 23, was a third-round pick by the Mariners back in 2011. 2013 was his first full season in the majors and he struggled to a 5.49 ERA in relief, giving up 73 hits and 12 home runs in just 59 innings. He did at least strike out more than 10 batters per nine innings.