The St. Louis Cardinals have been attached to almost every bat available since free agency began, but one name sticks out as an avoid-at-all-cost.
With the offseason in full swing and players actually able to sign, it seems like soon enough we will be hearing of player signings in droves. The St. Louis Cardinals have been mentioned as fits for nearly every bat available this winter. Most of the names are intriguing.
There is one name though that the Cardinals should avoid. That name is Logan Morrison.
Morrison is coming off of a career year. An extremely impressive season in which he hit 38 home runs for Tampa Bay. That sounds like a good addition to a team in need of power.
Looking deeper into the numbers, it is hard to get excited about signing him to a multi-year deal. Logan Morrison will be turning 30 during the 2018 campaign and just had his best season since 2011. Spending a lot of money on him would be a desperation move for offense.
Injuries have been a real problem throughout his career. Morrison has only played in 140+ games twice in his eight year career. It is hard to get excited about a 30 year old coming off a career year with injury history.
The other side of the coin is that in a way Morrison does fit a need. The question is at what cost? Morrison could be the everyday first baseman. That would then set up the Cardinals to have to play Matt Carpenter at third base regularly, which has shown to be a tough spot for him defensively.
The other option is to get Carpenter some time at second base. This would of course be at the cost of playing time for Kolten Wong. That is a mistake. Coming off a year where Wong showed real development, to have him on the bench just to assure Carpenter is in the lineup would be detrimental to his continued development.
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The final piece this would have a real affect on would be Jedd Gyorko. Where in the world would he find at-bats? Carpenter would take over his best position. He would no longer be spelling Wong at second because that would then be Carpenter’s spot. So he would be relegated to a bench bat who would play third base when Carpenter had a day off or would play second base on rare occasion.
If the Cardinals are committed to Gyorko being on the team then they will have to find him at-bats and a Morrison addition would not help that at all.
There are a lot of options out there for the Cardinals to consider, but Logan Morrison should not be one at this time. He doesn’t have the numbers to justify making real defensive changes like Eric Hosmer and he doesn’t have the star ability that this team desires.
The St. Louis Cardinals front office has a lot of questions to answer over the coming days. Hopefully fans will get some answers soon. Until then we will just have speculation.