Now that the Marlins are moving on from the Baseball Winter Meetings in San Diego, the team still needs to add bats to its 26-man roster.
The Marlins front office has to be pleased with what they have accomplished so far during hot stove, but the pieces to the puzzle or not complete yet.
The Marlins signed Yimi Garcia to help with the bullpen and acquired Sterling Sharp in the Rule 5 Draft. The need to acquire hitters is still present, which is something Michael Hill, the team’s president of baseball operations addressed at the close of the MLB winter meetings in San Diego.
"“We’re in a good position, we really are,” Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. “You come into these Meetings, and you want to continue to do what your plans are. But we report to Jupiter in two months. A lot is going to happen between now and then, and it’s not relegated to these four days in San Diego that we complete our offseason.”"
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Given that spring training is still two months away, and there are still plenty of major-league players to acquire, it’s a sure bet the Marlins will continue to listen to offers for potential trades, and test the waters to see which players may want to make South Florida their home next season.
The front office, with Hill and Derek Jeter taking the reins with deals for hitting help and veteran arms in the bullpen, will need to reassess who is available, and who fits the teams financial plan. Like we talked about on Thursday, Nicholas Castellanos appears to be out of the teams price range, but somebody like Corey Dickerson or Avisail Garcia might be an option. Kole Calhoun, who smacked 33 home runs last season for the Angels should be a consideration as well.
"“We actually started [the process] before we even got here,” Hill said. “It’s nice to have [the Meetings] in one place that you hope to get some things done.”"
If the Marlins are not able to bring in another hitter or two in free agency, then the trade route may be the best option.
The Marlins are in a good spot when it comes to possible deals because of the amount of talent that exists in the farm system. The front office has been adamant about keeping the core of talent together because growth within the system remains the franchise’s blue print for playing winning baseball sooner rather than later.
"“Our goal is to have a sustainable product, and you only do that with layers of talent,” Hill said. We’ve fallen into that trap before, where you start chasing, and you look up and your system is empty because you’ve traded everything away. It’s a balancing act, it really is.”"