The Tampa Bay Rays and National League Central rivals: Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers are also believed to be interested in Morrison. The Brewers’ interest looms on whether they can retain outfielder Corey Hart, according to Tom Haudicourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
I was told yesterday that #Brewers were out on Logan Morrison. Now speculation is that they will try again if Corey Hart says no.
— Tom (@Haudricourt) December 11, 2013
The Cubs would use Morrison in the outfielder as Anthony Rizzo already is set at first base. Sherman notes, the Marlins are seeking a third baseman in return for Morrison and the Cubs have plenty of depth for them to choose from.
Morrison, 26, hit .242/.333/.375 with the Marlins last season in 333 plate appearances. In his four-year career, he has hit 42 home runs and 162 RBIs while recording a .764 OPS.
If acquired by the Cubs, Morrison would mature into an offensive threat by not playing home games in spacious Marlins Park. He would join Junior Lake, Ryan Sweeney, Nate Schierholtz, and Brian Bogusevic in the Cubs’ outfield.