Minnesota Twins: 5 undervalued free agent hitters to pursue
Logan Morrison, 1B
Age on Opening Day: 30
2017 Salary: $2.5 million
2017 Stats: .246/.353/.516, 601 PA, 38 HR, 2 SB, 13.5% BB, 24.8% K
Info: Morrison grew into national conscious due to his prolific use of Twitter in the early days of the platform. He also hit 24 home runs in low-A in 2007, so people were interested in him as a prospect.
However, once Morrison got to the major leagues, he struggled to make consistent contact in the major leagues. Until he got to the Mariners in 2014, he hadn’t hit over .250.
Morrison still hasn’t hit over .250 in any other season than that 2014 season, but in 2017, he really worked at his pitch recognition to be choosy about which pitch he would attack and putting a hard swing on it once he committed. That led to his best isolated power by almost 100 points!
Morrison is not a great defender, but he is a surprisingly good athlete, even if he isn’t a great defender. Morrison would be a good fit to work at DH in the middle of the lineup, giving Joe Mauer a day off now and then at first base.
Morrison has struggled to stay healthy, with 2017 being the first time he ever had more than 600 plate appearances in a season.
Morrison is young enough that he could be looking for a few years on his deal, but with his health stuff, the Twins could possibly get him for 3 years and $28 million.