Cubs looking at Logan Morrison, could be front runners

Cubs looking at Logan Morrison, could be front runners

According to Joel Sherman, the Chicago Cubs are interested in a player from the Miami Marlins, who is on the trade block.

The word around baseball is that the Marlins are dangling Logan Morrison to teams and are looking to receive a third baseman in return. Knowing that, I believe the Cubs might be the best fit for a deal for Morrison, because for the first time that I can remember, they actually have a surplus of third basemen in their system.

Obviously, Kris Bryant is off the table. While no one on a team should ever be untouchable, at this point in time, I believe he is as close as you can get for the Cubs. That would leave either Mike Olt or Christian Villanueva as the main piece in any trade for Morrison.

In my own opinion, Olt is the odds on favorite to break camp with the Cubs as their starting third basemen to start 2014, which will also determine where and when Bryant makes his major league debut. That, of course could change if he completely bombs out in Spring Training with lingering issues revolving around his eye sight. That could make him a viable trade chip or Morrison. However if I know this, so do the Marlins, so that could likely count him out of any deal for anything.

That leaves Villanueva as the likely player involved in a possible trade for Morrison. When the Cubs acquired him in a trade a couple of years ago, he was seen as the likely third baseman of the future, however that was before the Cubs acquired Olt and Bryant. Now Villanueva is blocked, and very dispensable.

The Cubs might be able to build a respectable package around Villanueva and entice the Marlins enough to make a deal. That would mean Morrison would move to the outfield for the Cubs, because they already have Anthony Rizzo at first base.

If this trade does take place, the Cubs would be in a perfect situation to then trade Nate Schierholtz, who they are already rumored to be shopping.

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  • The Cubs will, at some point, have to find another everyday player or 2 who bats LH since all of their best prospects are RH. There's really no reason to wait if they think Morrison fits the need.

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