Which free agent is the best fit for the Miami Marlins this offseason?
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com recently wrote a story about which free agent is the best fit for every MLB team. The Marlins have made no secret of their desire to add more offense to their lineup and are in need of a first baseball. Through the magic of prognostication, the writer believes Logan Morrison would fit both needs for this organization.
"“Most teams have multiple needs, but they all have different budgets, and there’s always one player who appears to be an ideal fit,” Feinsand writes."
The Marlins have many needs, one of which is to secure the other corner of its infield and to find someone with some pop in his bat. The team may also be in need of a starting catcher, but that is yet to be determined. For now, it is Morrison who may be the team’s best option on the open market.
In 2018, the Marlins ranked last in the Majors in runs scored (589), home runs (128), doubles (222) and slugging percentage (.357), as I wrote in a piece on Marlin Maniac on Tuesday.
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Morrison is a player Joe Frisaro wrote about as a potential find during the Hot Stove season. Matt Adams, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Neil Walker could all be on the Marlins radar as well. What Miami does not need is a free agent to come in and not be able to produce runs and hit the long ball.
Selfishly, I am holding out hope the Marlins make a run at veteran Daniel Murphy who spent time with Washington and Chicago last season.
"“Miami isn’t expected to be a major player in the free-agent market, but given Morrison’s subpar season in Minnesota last year, the 31-year-old will likely look for a one-year contract to reestablish himself in 2019,” Feinsand wrote."
I expect the Marlins to look at Morrison, who had 15 home runs and 39 RBI but only batted .189 last season. The Marlins still have to establish power in the middle of the batting order. There are players, other than J.T. Realmuto, who could fill that void in time. Centerfielder Lewis Brinson has the potential to hit 25-30 home runs a season once he learns to hit Major League pitching.