One potential replacement for James Loney could be Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison, and any trade could also involve Sean Rodriguez.
According to Jayson Stark, the Marlins are now telling teams they will trade Morrison, whom the Rays have reportedly been interested in for several years. This comes after it was announced that the Marlins had agreed to sign free agent first baseman Garrett Jones.
Stark also reports that the Rays are “very interested” in trading for Morrison who is in his first year of arbitration eligibility. Morrison is projected to make $1.7 million through arbitration according to MLBTradeRumors.com.
Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com confirms that the Rays are indeed interested, but notes that the Pirates are also pursuing Morrison.
It is not clear what the Marlins would want in return for Morrison, but one name that seems to make sense is Sean Rodriguez. Earlier today we heard that the Marlins are interested in Rodriguez as a potential third baseman.
One downside to trading Hot Rod is that would leave the Rays with one fewer right-handed bat and one fewer utility player. Tim Beckham could potentially fill both of those holes if the Rays think he is ready.