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It is January 2013 and the Marlins still have some needs that could be addressed. I am tossing around some possible targets that are still available to see if any would stick.
This guy was a monster back in the early 2000′s hitting bombs and sporting a .300 average. He hit .228 last year, but also hit 12 home runs. He still has power and could probably hit around .270 or so, which is respectable. He is 35 and really would only be able to play 1B. He could offer a backup to LoMo, or even insurance if he gets hurt again.
The other thing that I like about this is he gives us a lot more pop and we could slide LoMo over to LF giving us a power lineup when we need it. You could slide JP to CF and have Stanton in RF – gives us a lot to play with. May not take too much to sign him but would strictly offer more depth and not an everyday player.
Servicable OF with a solid hitting set. Can hit for some power, decent defense. Would also offer more depth in the OF, maybe help provide some insurance if we get thin in OF, but truthfully, the Marlins may opt to just call up Yelich, Ozuna, or even Marisnick in that situation. If we wanted to shore up the OF situation and offer a bit more veteran play, we could make this move.
All this guy did was hit. He was a fixture with the Pirates and then left for the Giants and was a big lift for their contending teams. Plays 2B, solid glove and will not hit for power but will move the ball and hit for average. Does not strike out a lot either. He is 35 though and coming off of back surgery missing entire 2012 season. May be had for a decent price but would only be a rehab look. He could offer depth at 2B in case Solano flops – then again Solano may be the next Sanchez. Also have Coghlan on the roster so this may not offer too much promise for the Marlins to go out an sign someone when they have options in house. They also have Austin Barnes to keep an eye out on.
Has power but K’s a lot. Seems to have bounced around the league a bit as a power addition for lineups. He can play OF (LF, RF) and may offer more depth. Hard to see how he would crack everyday lineup unless Ruggiano fails and JP is forced to CF. May not be a solid option for Fish, but if they wanted to add power hitting lefty to lineup for depth, he would be a good fit.
This guy can hit with some power but his average fluctuates quite a bit. Strikes out a ton. Is listed as playing 2B, but may be able to play 3B? We do have Kouzmanoff in camp, too and with Polanco there may be a stretch. Could provide depth at 2B and 3B, if needed, and certainly force some competition in Spring Training.
Not even 30 and a very good potential OF. Can play LF and from 2007-2010 had pretty good numbers (near 20 HRs, .288+ AVG). Give us OF depth and may provide a veteran bat looking to re-establish himself. Maybe a potential trade asset at trade deadline if Marlins aren’t in contention, netting back something. May not be a viable option because Marlins are deep in OF talent at the minor league level and they just may call someone up if things go south out there.
Scott Boras client – so probably never happen. Solid pitcher to add to your staff but not a #1 ace type. Had a career year last year but would provide depth and innings to a staff that needs them. Paired with Nolasco would take some pressure of needing young pitchers to perform. Lohse, Nolasco, Turner, Eovaldi, and Alvarez would be a pretty solid starting 5 and give you a chance to win each night and would also add depth to the bullpen as arms like Koehler, LeBlanc, and Sanabia would be fighting for innings there.
Of the options out there, I think this makes the most sense. He offers the ability to get starts and eat innings like Lohse definitely would, but would come with a much easier price tag. Solid pitcher, maintained a pretty good ERA (3.76) over his career. Can get the K, but will not blow anyone away. Would basically round out our rotation with Nolasco, Turner, Marcum, Eovaldi, Alvarez – giving us a pretty strong starting 5 to get a chance to win each night. Again, would put good arms in the pen and just add depth.
Why not? Could return to his 2007-2008 numbers, but probably not. Would eat up innings. May even convert to a bullpen arm but would he be open to that? Interesting having a Japanese player swallowed up in South Florida.
Barry Jackson is being cited all over the Internet for the connection of the Marlins to Matt Capps.
Here are Capps stats. Last year he had 14 saves in 15 chances, but had rotator cuff surgery.
Not sure about the status of his injury, but he stats were pretty solid last season. He doesn’t walk a lot of guys, gets the occasional strikeout, but does give up hits (.260 career average against him). Interestingly, this is a guy who has been on the Marlins’ radar for some time. Here is an article from Capozzi back in 2009:
So, maybe the is a standard play for the Marlins’ FO?