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May 26, 2019

How bad are things for the Yankees and their injured list? They just signed one of the most disliked players in MLB

April 20, 2019

The organizational depth in the Yankees farm system is so anemic that Brian Cashman is willing to sign a notorious hater from the Midwest to fill his needs.

First baseman Logan Morrison and the Yankees are in agreement on a minor-league deal.

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The 31-year-old is expected to help fill Greg Bird’s vacancy at first base – which brings into question the long-term severity of Bird’s plantar fasciitis injury. Yankees manager Aaron Boone recently speculated that Bird’s recovery will take at least a month.

Morrison is not without his share of battle wounds. He underwent surgery last August to repair a torn labrum in his hip. Morrison’s recovery time was projected to be eight months.

The first baseman will head to extended Spring Training, for now. Once he’s up to speed, Morrison will play with the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate in Scranton.

Logan Morrison had a monster year at the plate for the Rays in 2017. (Patrick Semansky / AP)

Bird is among a dozen players to hit the Yankees’ crowded injured list just two weeks into the young season. The left-handed Luke Voit has parked himself at first base in the meantime, while the Yankees called up 26-year-old Mike Ford from their depleted minor-league ranks. Ford went 0-for-3 in his debut on Thursday.

The house must truly be on fire for the Yankees to sign a player who is already utterly rejected by the Bronx Bomber fan base.

Morrison infamously ripped Gary Sanchez for Major League Baseball’s decision to include the Yankees catcher in the 2017 Home Run Derby over him.

“Gary shouldn’t be there,” Morrison then told the Tampa Bay Times. “Gary’s a great player, but he shouldn’t be in the Home Run Derby.”

Sanchez missed nearly a month of the 2017 season due to a biceps strain. He entered the All-Star Break with 14 home runs to Morrison’s league-best 24.

Morrison wanted love from the league. Despite being in the midst of a career year with the Rays, he understood the rejection as playing for a team with next-to-zero national exposure and a small fanbase.

“I remember when I had 14 home runs,” Morrison added, then. “That was a month and a half ago.”

Sanchez went on to upset then-Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton in the first round of the Derby, 17-16.

Flash-forward a year, and Morrison left the Rays to sign as a free agent with Minnesota. When the Twins landed in the Bronx to play a four-game set in April of last year, Morrison further ruffled the feathers of Yankees fans.

Bleacher Creatures turned up the volume for Morrison after he fired shots at their beloved catcher. Morrison responded by saying the comments were boring and unoriginal.

“They didn’t like the Gary Sanchez thing with the Home Run Derby,” Morrison said, then. “But you can’t fix stupid, you know?”

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Morrison crushed 38 home runs in his 2017 season, but struggled through 2018. He hit .186/.276/.368 with 15 home runs, 39 RBI and 80 strikeouts across 95 games last season.

If Morrison makes a big-league appearance in the Bronx, expect Yankee fans to bring some new material to the first base line.

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