December 8, 2013 in Offseason
They’ve signed a catcher (Jarrod Saltalamacchia for 3 years $21M) and a 1B (Garrett Jones for 2 years at $8M) and even bagged a former all-star to take over at 2B for the interim (Rafael Furcal for 1 year $3M). The Marlins were targeting improved offensive production from both corner spots of the infield and at catcher. Although it can be argued that the Marlins may have made a lateral move with Jones for Logan Morrison, they were able to add improved offense at catcher and are on target to complete their main off-season objectives.
With the Winter Meetings slated to kick off tomorrow and run through the end of the week, the Marlins do have some scenarios to work through as they look to find an asset to cap off their offseason with a 3B solution. Juan C. Rodriguez runs through some scenarios.
One of the biggest discussions has been the Marlins targeting Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox. It was mentioned at the beginning of the offseason as a possibility but the Marlins would have to become trade partners in order to make that happen. One of the reasons this scenario may be dead is because the Red Sox re-signed Mike Napoli and they may not be looking to bring back SS Stephen Drew either. If the Red Sox re-sign Drew, that would make Middlebrooks expendable, but the Marlins would probably have to start with Logan Morrison to get a deal done – and there may not be much incentive for the Red Sox to do that unless they are considering putting LoMo in RF.
The Brewers and Rays reportedly have interest in Morrison, too. The Brewers could swap Juan Francisco out for LoMo but Corey Hart has been cleared to play baseball and that may cool the Brewers. The Rays may be interested in a Sean Rodriguez swap for LoMo, as speculated by Joe Frisaro. If that is the case, the Marlins are not looking to significantly upgrade the position but instead look for a stop-gap measure until Colin Moran arrives in 2015. Rodriguez would most likely platoon with Ed Lucas and Donovan Solano.