The Miami Marlins continued implementing their offseason improvement plan Tuesday, signing former Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones to a two-year deal worth $7.75 million.
Jones is a career .254 hitter who had a somewhat disappointing 2013 following a career year the season before. In 2012, he hit .274 with 27 home runs and 86 RBIs for the Pirates.
The Marlins may consider platooning Jones (a lefthanded hitter) with a righthanded bat at first base next year. He is a career .271 hitter against righties, compared to .193 against lefties.
Jones lost his starting job late in the 2013 season as the Pirates made their first playoff run in two decades. His signing could mean popular first baseman Logan Morrison will be traded.
Morrison has dealt with struggled with injuries the past two years, playing only 85 games in 2013 and 93 games in 2012. The Marlins have reportedly been exploring trade offers for Morrison with multiple teams.
The Jones signing is Miami's third acquisition in the past few weeks. The Marlins have also signed catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a three-year deal worth $21 million and infielder Rafael Furcal to a one-year, $3 million deal.
"This was a perfect fit," Saltalamacchia said Monday. "The Marlins made it known that I was a big part of their organization going forward, and they wanted me to be a part of it. Watching these guys on TV, all these young arms, and just getting really excited about that."