MLB free agent news: Twins sign Logan Morrison after 38-home run season

The Twins signed Logan Morrison to a one-year contract Sunday, with a vesting option for a second year, according to Fox Sports.

Morrison will make $6 million in 2018, with a possible vesting option driving it to $16.5 million over two years, the report says. Morrison hit 38 home runs last season with the Rays, and he has 69 home runs during the last three seasons.

Adding Morrison provides Minnesota with depth should designated hitter Miguel Sano get handed a suspension for sexual assault allegations. Sano will make his spring debut Wednesday, but he’s also been recovering from a leg injury.

Morrison can play first base, left field or serve as the Twins’ designated hitter. While he’s only a career .245 hitter, he’s developed more consistently lately.

He is exceptionally patient at the plate, walking just over 12 percent of the time in 2017. Last year, he attacked opposing pitchers’ fastballs, hitting .283 and slugging .613 against them. Cozart was even better against the sinker (.404 and .681), and he also did well against changeups and cutters. Though he will be playing third base for the first time in his career, Cozart’s mature approach at the plate and recent increase in power will slot into the Angels’ lineup nicely.

During his time with the Indians in 2016, Napoli was a crucial member of the team hitting .239/.335/.465 with 34 homers and 101 RBIs.

With Carlos Santana’s departure, Napoli boosts the Indians’ depth at first base in particular and their roster in general. Free-agent signee Yonder Alonso is slated to be the starter at first base.

Napoli is the second veteran to return from the 2016 team, joining outfielder Rajai Davis.

The Angels were one of seven finalists for Ohtani’s services — the Giants, Dodgers, Cubs, Rangers, Mariners and Padres also made bids.

“This morning, after a thorough, detailed process, Shohei Ohtani has decided to sign with the Los Angeles Angels,” Balelo said in a statement. “Shohei is humbled and flattered by all the time and effort that so many teams put into their presentations and sincerely thanks them for their professionalism. In the end, he felt a strong connection with the Angels and believes they can best help him reach his goals in Major League Baseball.”
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