Five Free Agents the Miami Marlins Should Consider for 2020

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 28: Neil Walker #18 of the Miami Marlins hits a two-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the eighth inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 28, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Marlins 9-3. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 28: Neil Walker #18 of the Miami Marlins hits a two-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the eighth inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 28, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Marlins 9-3. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – SEPTEMBER 18: Nicholas Castellanos #6 of the Chicago Cubs beats the tag from Curt Casali #12 of the Cincinnati Reds to score in the fourth inning at Wrigley Field on September 18, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /

Nick Castellanos

Formerly a third-baseman, Nick Castellanos is now a solid corner outfielder with the Chicago Cubs.

While the acquisition of Castellanos would hardly cause the same splash as would the signing of Cole, it would represent a significant upgrade over current corner-outfield options. An OPS+ of 120 over the past four seasons at the plate, and a .990 career fielding percentage in the outfield show Castellanos’ long-term viability at either the seven or the nine spot.

Only 27-years-old, the Davie, Florida native makes geographical sense for the Miami Marlins, and for Castellanos. A career .277/.326/.471 slash line and 120 career home runs as well as 17.2 wins above replacement show that Castellanos isn’t just a flash in the pan type of talent. How much is he worth on the open market? We’re all going to find out eventually, but I believe it’s worth the Marlins time to explore options.

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