Are the terms the Miami Marlins want in finding free-agent hitters hurting the team’s ability to sign big-names to new deals?
Are the Marlins hurting themselves in free agency because the front office wants to sign a veteran outfielder to a one-year deal instead of a longer-term contract? Is this the reason why Yasiel Puig or other veteran outfielders have not put on a Marlins uniform already?
According to Joe Frisaro, the team clearly wants to add a veteran to their roster, with the thought being a player which sign somewhere between $10 and $12 million for the season. Players like Puig may have balked at the offer, wanting to sign a deal for multiple years and more money. Given that the market is shrinking, with deals getting done with other teams, the talent pool is not as great as it was just a few days ago.
This makes it a little bit more difficult for Miami’s front office to add key components to the 26-man roster. It was also believed that because the front office talked to several players at the Baseball Winter Meetings, a deal for at least one player would have gotten done prior to Christmas.
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The Marlins have not added anybody else to the organization since they signed Matt Kemp to a minor-league deal with an invitation to Spring Training in February. Miami and Puig have mutual interest. It has also been reported by MLB.com the Chicago White Sox are also interested in Puig and Nicholas Castellanos.
Castellanos, a player with South Florida ties, had been linked to Castellanos even before the end of last season. His price tag is believed to be too much for the organization. The same may also hold true for former Miami star and current free agent Marcell Ozuna.
The addition of Puig or another veteran would almost guarantee the team would be done spending in free agency unless the front office can find bargain deals for veterans, similar to the contracts offered Neil Walker, Curtis Granderson, and Sergio Romo last season.
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