On Sunday, news broke that the Minnesota Twins and free agent 1B/DH Logan Morrison had agreed to a 1 year, $6.5MM deal that has the potential to reach 2 years and $16.5MM.

Morrison, 30, debuted with the Marlins organization back in 2010 and has since made stops in Seattle and Tampa Bay. The eight-year veteran is coming off of a career year at the plate in Tampa Bay in which he mashed to the tune of 38 HRs, 85 RBIs, .353 OBP and 130 wRC+ (which would have ranked 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 1st among Twins regulars in 2017). While the 38 HR campaign is an obvious outlier (his previous career high was 23 back in 2011), there’s no reason to believe Morrison’s power surge can’t carry over to the 2018 season and beyond. Morrison has embraced the data surge sweeping the MLB and tweaked his left-handed swing to improve his average launch angle. Over the first seven seasons of his career, he averaged a 11.3 degree launch angle; in 2017, he averaged a 17.4 degree launch angle. He’s also become more selective at the plate, with his 13.5% walk percentage in 2017 being his highest since his rookie year. Here is a Fangraphs piece from April 2017 in which Morrison discusses a simplified approach and striving to hit the ball in the air if you’d like to dig in more to his adjustments. 

This bargain of an addition continues a strong offseason for the Twins, who have now added Morrison, Jake Odorizzi, Addison Reed, Fernando Rodney, Zach Duke, and Michael Pineda among others without any major subtractions from the club that just won 85 games and reached the AL Wild Card game. Morrison is set to join an already potent lineup that ranked 7th in runs scored last year and provides heart-of-the-order insurance in the case that Miguel Sano misses any time at the start of the season due to health or his pending MLB investigation. Morrison has manned the outfield in the past, but don’t expect the Twins to stick the 6’3” slugger out there having only played 14 games in the outfield since the 2012 season. Morrison is expected to become the Twins’ full-time DH while backing up Joe Mauer at first base.

The move is expected to put both Kennys Vargas’ and Robbie Grossman’s roster spots in question. Zach Granite could force the front office’s hand with a strong spring training in regards to Grossman’s spot. However, Granite still has options left and could benefit from an extended stay in the minors to begin the year. Grossman provides value by getting on base at a high clip due to his patient approach and can play passable defense at either of the corner outfield spots. Because of this, Vargas is most likely the odd man out.

Expected 2018 Twins lineup:

  1. Brian Dozier, 2B
  2. Joe Mauer, 1B
  3. Miguel Sano, 3B
  4. Logan Morrison, DH
  5. Eddie Rosario, LF
  6. Byron Buxton, CF
  7. Max Kepler, RF
  8. Jorge Polanco, SS
  9. Jason Castro, C


  • Eduardo Escobar, UTIL
  • Ehire Adrianza, UTIL
  • Mitch Garver, C
  • Robbie Grossman, OF/DH

In the mix:

  • Kennys Vargas, 1B/DH
  • Erick Aybar, UTIL
  • Zach Granite, OF
  • Bobby Wilson, C

Stats obtained via Fangraphs, Statcast

Featured photo obtained via Off The Bench Baseball

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