As the final day of the Winter Meetings get underway, Miami still has some questions that have not yet been answered. Many thought that a trade of Logan Morrison would result in an everyday third baseman. Instead Morrison’s trade netted the Marlins a young bullpen asset. Since Miami still has this gaping hole in their infield, Miami may be active today.
The Marlins still have quite a stockpile of valuable young arms that they can dangle in hopes of attracting a GM or owner that is willing to part with a third baseman. There is always the free agent route as well. Miami is really looking for a stop-gap third baseman until prospect Colin Moran is ready for the big leagues.
Some scouts have projected Moran to be ready by 2015. Other’s have said it may be longer, but the Marlins did not draft Moran in the first round without expecting him to have a long future at the hot corner for them.
Garrett Jones expects to play first base, but really struggles against left-handed pitching. For the Marlins to be successful, they should look into a platoon situation for him. If they could find a cheap, veteran, right-handed bat, it would provide them with some help. I am watching Delmon Young in particular today, as I feel like he may be a solution that the Marlins target.
The Rule V draft will also take place today. Due to their record, the Marlins will hold the second overall pick in the draft, but with their 40-man roster already full, it’s doubtful they pick anyone.
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