Miami Marlins: One Free Agent to Target at Each Position
By Matt Melton
C – Yan Gomes
Arguably the top free agent catcher on the market, Gomes is another potential option alongside a few other trade candidates if the Marlins are looking to acquire a new starting catcher in the offseason. The 34-year-old enjoyed a strong 2021 season in which Gomes slashed a combined .252/.301/.421 with 14 home runs and 52 RBI’s between the Nationals and Athletics. Having posted a .700+ OPS in each of the past five seasons, Gomes is a proven 10-15 home run bat who will drive in around 50-runs, as well as a strong defender who can throw out baserunners.
1B – Brad Miller
While unlikely that the Marlins will look to sign a free agent first baseman with Jesus Aguilar, Lewin Diaz, and Garrett Cooper already on the roster, Miller would be an intriguing option off the bench as a proven veteran bat. While spending a majority of his time with the Phillies last season at first base, the 31-year-old also saw time at other positions such as right and left field, as well as second and third base. Slashing .227/.321/.453 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI’s a year ago, Miller will likely be one of the more sought-after free agent platoon/bench bats this offseason.
2B – Jose Peraza
Similar to first base, the Marlins starter at second base is cemented in Jazz Chisholm, but what about Peraza as a potential bench option? The 27-year-old split time mainly between second and third base last season with the Mets in which Peraza posted a .647 OPS with six home runs across 64 games. Peraza would not start with the Marlins, but could be a versatile option off the bench who has notable experience in his young career at both middle infield spots.