For the first time in the Derek Jeter era of Marlins baseball, the organization is looking to deal for players rather than trade them off for prospects.
As a Miami Marlins fan, did you ever think you would get to the point where you saw this franchise look to buy instead of sell as free agency gains steam this off-season?
As front office personnel head to San Diego this coming week for the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings, that is exactly where this organization is. After bringing in to prove and players and Jonathan Villar and Jesus Aguilar, it looks like Miami wants to test the market to see what is available out there.
If things fall into place, it could be a very Merry Christmas in South Florida with Derek Jeter continuing to show that he does know a little bit about what happens behind the scenes of an organization rather than being on the field producing runs.
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Understand please that just because the team has acquired two players to help their everyday lineup, it doesn’t mean that Jeter and his staff are done making moves to improve offensively. As team president of baseball operations, Michael Hill has said over and over again, upgrading this offense is still the team’s biggest priority.
Look for Miami to dangle trade pieces in the way of Marlins pictures, most notably Jose Urena and Adam Conley. Another name to watch is Caleb Smith who could bring a healthy return as a right-hander with strikeout and power potential. There are others to consider. I don’t see the Marlins trading away top-level prospects, but a few could move over the next few weeks.
I’m interested to see if more pitching prospects move because they’re such a long list of potential starters for this team’s future.
Not only are the Marlins in the market for more help in the outfield and potentially at first base, but they are also still looking for middle relievers. I do believe that one or two deals will get done to add veteran arms for long relief and to help establish a consistent closer out of the bullpen.