Even though he is a south Florida native, the Miami Marlins will not take a hard swing at signing outfielder Manny Machado.
The Miami Marlins still need a power source in the middle of the lineup. There should be a few bats available in free agency. One of them, Manny Machado would make sense given that he has ties to the baseball community in south Florida. But signing him to a deal would go against what the organization has been preaching since Derek Jeter took over the team.
Sorry, guys. Machado will not be part of the team next season.
The cost may be too much and also may draw the ire of fans who still want to see Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Christian Yelich roaming the outfield at Marlins Park. Given that Machado, who was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Baltimore Orioles signed a 1-year deal this previous offseason for $16 million, he immediately prices himself out of the market in Miami.
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I am not the only one who thinks this is a deal that makes no sense for the organization at this time. There are other factors that affect where he lands.
"“The timing isn’t right for the organization to pursue a free agent expected to sign for more than $250 million. Such a deal is way too risky for the Marlins, who are still in the process of trying to work out a new local television deal with Fox Sports Florida,” Joes Frisaro wrote on MLB.com.“Also, a naming rights partner isn’t expected until 2020, at the earliest. So, there aren’t those revenue streams at this point to justify spending so heavily on one All-Star, when the club is more than a player away from seriously contending.”"
The Marlins have seven players who are eligible for arbitration and must decide what kind of deal to offer catcher J.T. Realmuto. Veteran pitcher Dan Straily may not remain with the team, freeing up more cash. While Miami dropped around $50 million in salary next season, the front office would like to keep contracts around where they are right now.
The 26-year-old who was a first-round draft pick in 2010 could be one of the hottest commodities in free agency during the hot stove season.
"“As much as I’d like to see the Marlins bring in more players from South Florida, it’s also important that they are the right fit,” Frisaro added. “Despite being a Miami native, Machado will hit free agency likely wanting to be on a contender, not with a team in the second year of a building process.”"