Despite the Miami Marlins announced a deal with outfielder Corey Dickerson, could the team continue to add players, including Yasiel Puig in free agency?
While the Miami Marlins have announced the two-year deal for outfielder Corey Dickerson has been finalized, it’s interesting that Yasiel Puig, Nicholas Castellanos, and Marcell Ozuna are all still available for the right price in free agency.
Rumors since the start of Hot Stove have at one point or another linked the front office to all three stars, which makes me wonder if a deal could have worked or does Miami remain interested in any one of them, especially Puig, who should command a smaller deal that Castellanos and Ozuna.
There is a little over a month remaining until Spring Training begins, so while getting a deal done is not crucial to the team’s success, there should be some urgency if indeed Derek Jeter is interesting in brining someone else onto the 40-man roster.
Puig playing in Miami is still an interesting proposition. As Andrew Simon of MLB.com wrote, the outfielder is somewhat of an enigma for whichever team signs him.
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"“Here’s the thing, though: For all the hoopla and memorable moments, Puig’s production of late has been rather ordinary, and that has made him something less than a hot name this offseason,” Simon writes.“There certainly has been interest in Puig, reportedly including from the White Sox and Marlins, but he figures to land a significantly smaller contract than two fellow free-agent outfielders of a similar age, Nicholas Castellanos and Marcell Ozuna.”"
Dickerson’s contract with the Marlins was finalized on Monday to the tune of two years and $17.5 million. Talks between Puig’s agent and the Marlins heated up prior to the end of 2019 then slowed down, but no definitive reason was given.
The franchise is rumored to still be in the market for one more outfielder or long-ball hitter. Castellanos may remain out the Marlins price range and Ozuna would cost the team draft compensation – which is something the front office does not want to have to part with.
Ozuna has ties to the organization as he was signed by the team and grew up in their farm system. Castellanos is from South Florida. The Cuban-born Puig would certainly be a welcomed addition in Miami and its community. Also, the organization will move in the fences at Marlins Park this coming season, which should aid any slugger trying to launch the ball into the outfield seats this coming season.