This is The Stew's running list of trades and signings that happen during baseball's winter meetings. We'll keep updating this post as the news happens. For more chatter and rumors, be sure to check out our winter meetings tracker.
Marlins sign ex-Pirate Garrett Jones for $7.75 million
The first signing of the Winter Meetings isn't the sexiest. It's not even all that surprising. But here it is: First baseman/outfielder Garrett Jones has agreed to join the Miami Marlins on a two-year, $7.75 million contract. The two had been lined up as match since last week, but now it's legit. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald gave us the financials.
The Pittsburgh Pirates ended their six-year relationship with Jones in November. He had a down year in 2013 hitting .233/.289/.419 with just 15 homers. Jones, 32, was in line to make about $5.3 million via arbitration from the Pirates. Instead, he'll make $2.75 million in 2014 from the Marlins with $5 million following in 2015. Jones is power prone. He hit 27 homers in 2012 and has 102 for his career. In Miami, he's expected to be a platoon option at first base and add depth in right field, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.
BLS take: Again, not sexy, but the Marlins can hope for a better 2014 from Jones, whose career average is 20 points higher than it was in 2013. However, he's not exactly a young guy still trying to figure things out, so there's not a tremendous amount of upside to hope for. The most interesting thing about this deal, actually, is that it probably means the Marlins will trade Logan Morrison now, and his power could be a good acquisition for a contender seeking another bat. In fact, the Pirates are one of the teams said to be interested in Morrison.
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