4:16pm ET: The Yankees have officially announced the Morrison signing. What does Sanchez think about it? “That was two years ago. … We welcome him here,” he told James Wagner. So there you go.
12:30pm ET: According to Chris Cotillo, the Yankees have signed veteran first baseman Logan Morrison to a minor league contract. He’ll head to Extended Spring Training to get at-bats before joining Triple-A Scranton. Joel Sherman says Morrison gets a $1M base salary at the MLB level and a July 1st opt-out.
Morrison, 31, struggled with the Twins last year, hitting .186/.276/.368 (74 wRC+) with 15 home runs in 95 games before having season-ending hip surgery. Two years ago he authored a .246/.353/.516 (130 wRC+) line with 38 homers for the Rays. I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that guy to come back.
You may recall Morrison ripped MLB for inviting Gary Sanchez to the Home Run Derby two years ago, saying he should’ve been there instead. A refresher, via Bryan Hoch:
“Gary shouldn’t be there,” Morrison said. “Gary’s a great player, but he shouldn’t be in the Home Run Derby. I remember when I had 14 home runs. That was a month and a half ago.”
On the day of Morrison’s comments, he had 24 home runs and Sanchez had 13. Gary has out-homered Morrison 44 to 29 since that day while playing roughly the same amount of games (169 to 164) and being a catcher. “(Yankee fans) didn’t like the Gary Sanchez thing with the Home Run Derby but you can’t fix stupid, you know?” Morrison later said to Zach Miller.
A N Y W A Y, the Morrison signing is an obvious move to replenish depth following Greg Bird’s latest injury. The only first base option in Triple-A is Ryan McBroom, who the RailRiders need to use in the outfield occasionally. The Yankees needed a Triple-A first baseman and they signed a Triple-A first baseman who maybe could sock some dingers with a healthy hip. We’ll see.