The New York Yankees made a rather surprising signing on Friday morning.
First baseman Logan Morrison and the New York Yankees are in agreement on a minor league deal, sources tell ESPN. He’s got an opt-out date of July 1 and will make $1 million if he’s added to the major league roster.
According to multiple sources, the Yankees have agreed to a minor league deal with Logan Morrison. The 31-year-old will reportedly head to extended Spring Training before being added to the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre roster.
Last season, Morrison was hampered by injuries, and was forced to miss an extended period of time due to surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip. Over 95 games, the left-handed hitting first baseman/outfielder posted a slash line of .186/.276/.368.
Just a year prior, Morrison had a breakout campaign with the Tampa Bay Rays. Morrison posted career-highs in homers (38) and RBIs (85), and was a steady force in the Rays everyday lineup.
Yankees fans will remember Morrison as the guy who criticized Gary Sanchez‘s selection into the 2017 MLB Home Run Derby.
Morrison was critical of Gary Sanchez being chosen for 2017 HR Derby over him. Took a shot at #Yankees fans. Hit 38 HRs for #Rays in ‘17, signed during spring with #Twins last season and had a poor season (.644 OPS).
The move makes sense for the Yankees, as they look to add additional depth, especially at the first base position. With Greg Bird injured again, it doesn’t hurt to have insurance in case the big league club eventually needs another bat.
In his report, Passan noted that Morrison will have an opt-out date of July 1. He will make $1 million if he is added to the Yankees big league roster at some point this season.
If Morrison does, in fact, make it to the big leagues, it will be interesting to see how Yankee fans react. Morrison will very likely have to win over Yankees fans if he does eventually land in the Bronx.
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