The Phillies, who have had a weak bench for much of the season, made a no-risk move by signing veteran first baseman/corner outfielder Logan Morrison to a minor-league deal this weekend.
Morrison has always had power from the left side and a disciplined eye at the plate. He’s the kind of offensive player this Phillies front office tends to gravitate toward.
If Morrison makes it to the majors with the Phillies some time soon, he’d give them another decent option off the bench. You can’t be a National League contender with one useful pinch-hitter (Brad Miller), but injuries and a lack of readily available external options have put the Phillies in this position. Remember, Jay Bruce was originally acquired to be that first big bat off the bench. Before he could unpack his bags, he was thrust into an everyday role.
Once upon a time, Morrison was an intriguing prospect with the Marlins. He hit 23 homers at age 23 in his first full season, and it was around that time that Morrison was maybe the most heard-from major-leaguer on Twitter in its early years. He’s kept a lower profile in recent years.
Just two seasons ago, 2017, Morrison hit 38 home runs for the Rays. Miller, too, had a 30-homer season with Tampa.
This won’t be the last move the Phillies make in July. Whether or not they do end up with an impactful pitcher or hitter, they also need to upgrade the last few spots on the roster, which is why a signing like the Morrison one is worthwhile.
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