Morrison will elect free agency if he does not earn a spot on the Brewers' Opening Day roster, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Morrison's contract permits him to seek opportunities elsewhere if he does not break camp with a spot on the Brewers' big-league roster, and he made it clear he will do just that. Morrison struggled mightily the past couple seasons, but he was making a good case for a spot when play was halted, going 9-for-30 (.300) with three home runs and seven RBI over 12 games this spring.
Morrison went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Saturday's spring game against the Cubs. Morrison is off to a good start this spring, reaching base six times over his first 13 plate appearances, but he is currently on the outside looking in at a roster spot after signing a minor-league deal over the offseason.
Morrison signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers on Thursday, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports. Morrison appeared in just 29 games for the Phillies last season, but the Brewers are hoping he'll be able to rediscover his power he had in 2017, when he hit 38 home runs for the Rays. The report doesn't explicitly say so, but Morrison should get the chance to compete in spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Morrison had his contract purchased from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. As expected, Morrison will join the Phillies ahead of Wednesday's game against the Cubs after putting together a .308/.369/.640 slash line with 18 home runs in 61 games at Triple-A. With Rhys Hoskins entrenched at first base, the veteran slugger figures to serve as a left-handed bench bat for the Phillies. Jake Arrieta (elbow) was placed on the injured list in a corresponding move.
Morrison will have his contract selected from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. Rhys Hoskins is locked in at first base for the Phillies, so Morrison figures to serve as a left-handed bat off the bench for Philadelphia. The veteran slugger struggled across 95 games with the Twins last season (.186/.276/.368) but owns an impressive .308/.369/.640 triple-slash with 18 home runs in 61 games at Triple-A this season.