No sport lends itself more readily to constant roster reshuffling than Major League Baseball- to that end, two weeks into the season seems just about right to start speculating about the Miami Marlins.
The options for the Miami Marlins so, however, are somewhat limited. The remaining free-agent pool is pretty thin, with few names out there that would be clear upgrades over the players they would be replacing. Especially with a team this tightly knit, any tampering needs to be recognizably necessary.
Trades will be even tougher to achieve, considering the picked over state of the farm system. In fact, if a major trade does take place, you can rest assured that the Marlins have either fallen out of the race or that Jeffrey Loria has definitely decided to sell the team.
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Correspondingly no longer having to care about the long term consequences of trading away the few remaining assets Miami has for short-term gain. Neither scenario is particularly exciting.
So free agency it is.
Out of the bevy of well-used options out there on the Island of Misfit Free-Agents, two names stand out clearly above the rest.
Then there is one individual that makes more sense than either of those, but is more of a long-term investment. The result is an early run down of the top three targets the Marlins should consider, and should consider as soon as possible.
Let’s dive in.