The Miami Marlins still have several pending items on their wish list heading into the Winter Meetings this week in Orlando. They have been able to check off legit big league catcher and possible upgrade at second base so far this offseason and may be checking off power hitting corner infielder soon. However, they still have a big hole to fill at third base and it seems they are looking under every rock.
Their latest trade target may be Sean Rodriguez of the Rays according to Joe Frisaro of Marlins.com. Rodriguez is a career .228/.304/.360 hitter over parts of six big league seasons. Personally, I do not see this as an upgrade over the current cast of internal possibilities including Ed Lucas and Donovan Solano.
The Marlins’ short list of potential third base candidates includes Miami native Sean Rodriguez of the Rays. According to a league source, the Marlins have had internal discussions about Rodriguez. It’s unclear if the 28-year-old Miami’s No. 1 trade target, but he could factor into a plan to at least share time at the hot corner.
The Marlins aren’t on a wild spending binge, not like two years ago. But, over the past several days, they’ve opened their wallets, signing two free agents — catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and veteran infielder Rafael Furcal — and spent Friday working on reeling in a third player, first baseman Garrett Jones.
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With Major League Baseball Winter Meetings just around the corner, The Miami Marlins have been extremely busy. In the last few days alone, they have signed Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Rafael Furcal and are reportedly very close to signing Garrett Jones. I believe that the only reason they have not yet announced Jones’ signing, is that it would cost them some leverage in trading Logan Morrison.
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. For moment 114 we bring you back to the Lou Brock Award, and to the first and only Marlin to win the Award twice as a member of the Fish. Luis Castillo’s 2002 Lou Brock Award.
It appears that the days for Logan Morrison in Miami may be numbered. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Miami is very close to signing Garrett Jones to play first base. If this ends up being finalized, the Marlins would obviously be out on Mike Napoli as well.
I’ve made no secret of my bias against baseball “East of the Hudson river,” as I like to call it. The Yankees, Red Sox, and Phillies are my favorite teams to root against. My bias comes from three factors: Huge payrolls, a national media table tilted heavily in their favor, and a fan base that bears a chilling similarity to the Borg. However, a recent, thought-provoking article by David Harsanyi at The Federalist has shaken my convictions about the first of the three factors.
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Yesterday we talked about Quilvio Veras and his winning the Lou Brock Award, but he isn’t the only Marlin to ever win that award.