We know many of you guys are expecting the Miami Marlins to sign top free agents. Last off season, the Marlins signed shortstop Jose Reyes, lefty Mark Buehrle and closer Heath Bell. Look what happened: they ended the season in last place. According to the Marlins beat writers, the Marlins’ payroll will drop somewhere around $80-$90 million. That pretty much is telling us that they won’t go for top free agents. I’ll say there’s an 80 % chance they won’t get top free agents and the 20 % is if the Marlins front office surprises us.
So here’s a realistic top five Marlins wishlist for the off season:
1. Kevin Youkilis: After trading Matt Dominguez to the Astros and then Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers, the Marlins are in need for a third baseman. The Marlins haven’t had a third baseman who has played at least 100 games since Miguel Cabrera. The White Sox reported in August that they won’t pick up Kevin Youkilis’ option, so he’ll be a free agent this off season. Youkilis, who will be 34 next season, batted .235/.336/.409 with 19 homers and 60 RBI’s in 122 games with Red Sox and White Sox.
2. Angel Pagan: Since Logan Morrison will be moving to first base, the Marlins will need an outfielder. Angel Pagan could play center, Justin Ruggiano at left field and Emilio Bonfiacio at second base. This season Angel Pagan, 31, hit .288/.388/.400 with 8 homers and 56 RBI’s and 29 stolen bases in 154 games with Giants.
3. Joe Saunders: Another left handed pitcher in the Marlins rotation could be good for the Fish. Saunders hasn’t been great the last three seasons, but he played good in the second half of the season. Saunders, 31, won 9 games and lost 13 with an ERA of 4.07 and he tossed a total of 174.2 innings.
4. Juan Cruz: There’s nothing to say about the Marlins bullpen except “simply horrible”. Juan Cruz has been a very good reliever in the past two seasons. He was with the Rays, who went to the post season in 2011 and this year he was with Pirates. This season, Cruz appeared in 43 games and tossed 35.2 innings. He also had an ERA of 2.78 this season.
5. Juan Pierre: Now older, Juan Pierre could be an option for the Fish. He had an excellent season at the age of 34. He batted .307 with 25 RBI’s and 37 stolen bases with the Phillies. He could fight for a spot in the spring training or be the the fourth outfielder.
Alright, like we mentioned before, the Marlins payroll will go down and they might not get top free agents or not even these that we mention… so stay tuned to see what happens.
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