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Yankees reportedly sign Logan Morrison to minor league deal

The Yankees are adding first base depth.

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

In the wake of the Greg Bird injury and Mike Ford promotion, the Yankees found themselves short of depth at first base. According to Chris Cotillo, the team remedied that by agreeing to sign veteran first baseman Logan Morrison to a minor league contract. Max Wildstein first reported that a deal was close.

Morrison, 31, is a career .239/.325/.427 hitter with a 106 wRC+ across portions of nine seasons in the big leagues. He spent all of 2018 with the Minnesota Twins, where he hit .186/.276/.368 with 15 home runs (74 wRC+) in 95 games. The first baseman had a career year in 2017, when he posted a 130 wRC+ and 38 home runs with the Tampa Bay Rays. In terms of defense, the varying metrics grade him out around average to slightly below average with the glove.

With Morrison comes a fair share of character concern. He vocally criticized Gary Sanchez’s addition to the Home Run Derby in 2017. He also ran into trouble with misogynistic and homophobic tweets. The Yankees go to great lengths to talk up their culture and character, so this signing could raise eyebrows.

Hopefully Morrison only serves as organizational depth. If not, well, this season will begin to feel a lot more like 2013.