Despite having their roster for the 2014 season almost locked in, the Miami Marlins, as recently as two weeks ago, were still inquiring about Red Sox third baseman, Will Middlebrooks. This was according to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo.
Teams ask about Middlebrooks, but the Red Sox haven’t pulled the trigger, feeling Middlebooks has power and they’d hate to lose that. The Marlins have asked a lot about Middlebrooks, but there’s no clear match unless it’s part of a Giancarlo Stanton deal, which isn’t happening.
If the Marlins are still interested in adding a talented, cost controlled young player, there could be another young infielder that should catch the Marlins attention available. That young infielder would be the Mariners Nick Franklin. ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin hears that the Mariners could look to move either Franklin or Brad Miller. Franklin is the more likely player to be traded
Franklin came up through the Mariners system as a short stop, but could potentially see his future as a second or third baseman. Franklin, who turns 23 on March 2nd, posted just a .304 wOBA in his rookie season, but has the minor league track record to suggest better numbers are on their way.
Adding Franklin could give the Marlins their sought after long-term solution for second base, as Derek Dietrich still has questions about his future and top infield prospect Avery Romero is still a few years away from being ready.
I would not expect the Marlins to have much interest in Franklin if or when he becomes available, but he’s someone who would make a ton of sense for the team.
Stanton ready to lead Marlins’ turnaround | Marlins News
The time for talk is over. Giancarlo Stanton sees the start of Spring Training as a time for action. To the 24-year-old slugger, the road to a dramatic team turnaround starts now.
Miami closer Cishek still resting stiff neck | Marlins News
The first couple of days of Spring Training have been a pain in the neck for Steve Cishek. A couple of days ago, Cishek woke up with a stiff neck, which led to him skipping his second bullpen session.
The Miami Marlins have position battles for the fourth and fifth rotation spots and for the eighth inning heading into this 2014 season. Before Spring Training begins, let’s see how the battles are shaping up.
The Miami Marlins have mostly set up their position players for the 2014 season, but there remains one spot open for competition in Spring Training.
Infielder Ed Lucas arrived at Marlins spring training Thursday to find his likeness plastered on a couple of T-shirts.
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Miami Herald writer Clark Spencer has a story today about the Marlins and their potential platoon plans involving Jeff Baker. Interestingly enough, they don’t seem to believe that a platoon at first base is as automatic as many of us believe it to be.
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