Logan Morrison Earned a Second Contract with the Mariners
During this past offseason, the Seattle Mariners acquired outfielder Logan Morrison from the Miami Marlins. With the outfield being the weakest part of the Mariner’s offense, the hope that Morrison would return to his 2011 production of 23 home runs and 72 RBI was worth the risk of a relatively cheap one-year deal.
Morrison’s contract was for $1.75 million with another $375,000 in performance bonuses that were tied to the amount of plate appearances the outfielder made.
The signing turned out to be a good one. With the Mariners fighting for their playoff lives in the month of September, Morrison picked up his game and it could be argued that he was the Mariners’ most productive hitter over the final month of the season.
In 336 at-bats Morrison had 88 hits (.262 avg) – 20 of which were doubles and 11 home runs. In September however, Morrison found his groove and batted .342 (26 of 76) with 8 doubles and 5 home runs. Possibly none were bigger than the double to the right/center field gap that scored Kyle Seager in the second-to-last game of the season. In a game, the Mariners were trailing 1-0 in the 7th inning. Morrison’s double scored Seager and eventually helped win a must-win game that went into the 11th inning, 2-1.
Over possibly his last 10 games in a Mariners uniform, Morrison was only held hitless once. A 1-0 loss to Toronto that saw the Mariners manage just three hits against Mark Buehrle. In the 10-game stretch, Logan Morrison’s batting average would rise from .251 to .262.
At 27-years old (August 25th), Logan Morrison should be brought back for another run at a postseason appearance with the Mariners. His impressive finish to the season exemplified the never-give-up attitude that the 2014 Mariners established and need to keep up to compete in one of the best divisions in baseball.
Who do you want to see the Mariners bring back for next season?
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