After four years with the Marlins, first baseman Logan Morrison was traded to the Seattle Mariners this offseason for 23-year-old pitcher Carter Capps. It was a surprising end for Morrison's tenure in Miami after coming through their system as a top prospect in 2010.
But Morrison had yet to fully realize his potential with the Marlins, and apparently his act had worn thin off the field as well.
Here is what Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald wrote in comparing new first baseman Garrett Jones to his predecessor.
"Total lifetime tweets for Morrison: more than 14,700. Total lifetime tweets for Jones: 276…
Fed up with his occasionally offensive tweets and tired of waiting for the provocative and oft-injured Morrison to produce offensively, the Marlins traded the first baseman to Seattle in December, one day after signing Jones to a two-year contract."
Morrison has tons of talent as an offensive player, but combined to play only 178 games over the past two years. And after hitting 23 home runs and 72 RBI in 2011 alone, he couldn't match that production in either season since.
The Mariners are now giving Morrison a fresh start and a second chance. He has long made more noise off the field than on it with tweets offending groups such as breastfeeding mothers and those in the gay community.
Even after getting sent out west, Morrison seems to not have learned his lesson. He made more news in December with homophobic statements on Twitter.
The Marlins probably saw that news and remembered why they traded him, given the assertion by the Miami Herald that controversy played a role in his eventual exit. Will Morrison ever reach his potential? Maybe. But it sounds like the Marlins didn't see his production worth the headache.