When the Florida Marlins sent young outfielder Logan Morrison to Triple-A New Orleans Saturday, Marlins fans everywhere might have been forgiven for feeling a sinking note of familiarity to it all. Far and away baseball's worst-run organization, Florida consistently chooses the wrong enemies even within its own ranks and makes big decisions based on small incidents. In this case, Morrison earned his demotion by refusing participation in a voluntary meet-and-greet with season ticket holders.
The uneven relationship between Morrison and the Marlins now looks all but irreparable, and the team may have little choice (or may give itself little choice) but to trade him this winter. Morrison could be a huge help to a number of teams, especially if someone can find room for him at first base rather than in left field.
Morrison's situation is unique in specifics but redundant in general substance. Around the league, nearly a dozen very talented young players have tenuous positions in their team's futures, for reasons positional, personal, financial and physical. This winter could be one of the most fascinating in recent memory, as teams gear up for 2012 by wheeling and dealing to avoid over-spending in a weak free-agent marketplace. These five players could be in new uniforms by April, and don't be surprised if some are even dealt for one another.