I’m not saying that the Marlins have found Miggy’s replacement – that will never happen. But they did find a decent 3B candidate to hold the fort until Dominguez is ready – the ex-Pirate Jose Castillo.
Castillo, who couldn’t find a home run last season, has been able to his 11 and 14 in the previous two seasons before, respectively. Obviously, that isn’t going to make up for Miguel’s power, but if he can field his position better than Miguel, and somehow raise his average above .270 in the process, the Marlins might have found a solid solution.
Keep an eye on Castillo though. He is only 26 and is tearing up the Venezuelan league right now, hitting .370 with 7 home runs in 45 games. He might be poised to blow up this season – how nice of a change would that be for the Marlins considering their luck in past seasons with other free agent acquisitions.