With all the arbitration eligible players on the Marlins roster, there remains a lot of work to do this offseason. The Marlins are apparently looking to add more speed and defense to the roster and try to get a more balanced attack on offense, shucking the long ball for more small ball.
So far, they traded away one of their best power sources in Mike Jacobs to get back a young reliever. This will be classified as a “market correction” and frankly, the Marlins could have gotten more in return for Jacobs but it seems they have a budget and a plan in mind – and taking back equal value for Jacobs would mean jettisoning one of their targets. Equal value means, essentially equal pay after all and Jacobs is looking to get $3.5M this upcoming season.
This also means that Scott Olsen, who is also arbitration eligible, will be dealt because he is expected to take on at least that much next season. Another concern should be Olsen’s disappearing velocity, which should undercut his real value (as opposed to his perceived value which will be based on his stats). Whose biting? The Rangers and Indians are apparently interested in Olsen, as both clubs need pitching and Olsen offers someone who is going to eat up innings and is still fairly young. Who they get in return will remain to be seen, but it should factor into their budget. The Marlins, after giving up Jacobs for a moderate return, need to get back more value with the Olsen deal.