Marlins Way: Marlins Almost Drafted Jameis Winston?

Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) at a press conference after the 2014 BCS National Championship game against the Auburn Tigers at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Can you imagine Famous Jameis standing in the same outfield as Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich, with Jose Fernandez on the mound for the Marlins?

It’s certainly something that crossed the Marlins mind, back in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. The Marlins were one of the teams that explored the idea of drafting Jameis Winston, but ultimately backed off, due to his strong comittment to the Florida State University.

“We were told he was going to be basically unsignable,” said Stan Meek, Miami’s vice president of scouting. “He was going to go to Florida State.”

Winston had a legitimate chance to become a quality major leaguer, according to J.J. Cooper of Baseball America:

If football weren’t a factor, Winston would have a solid chance to be a 2015 first-round pick in baseball. On the mound, he showed a 92-94 mph fastball and a promising slider. Because he has gained weight for football, he isn’t the well above-average runner he used to be, but he’s still a solid-average runner with a right fielder’s arm.

Personally, if I were Winston, I’d opt for baseball. There is less of a fear of concussions after you retire and baseball players tend to make a whole lot more money. Also, the sport of baseball is so much better than football.

What do you guys think Winston should do? Let us know in the comment section.

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