While the Miami Marlins have already been rumored to expressed interest in two veteran outfielders this offseason, it appears that another is on their radar.
Marlins Rumors: Miami Marlins showing interest in free agent Chris Taylor
According to MLB.com’s Juan Toribio, the Marlins are among the teams that have shown interest in free agent utility man Chris Taylor. Toribio, who covers the Los Angeles Dodgers for MLB.com, mentioned on Wednesday that the teams showing interest in Taylor in addition to the Marlins were the Red Sox, Cardinals, Rangers, Giants, and others, as well as the Dodgers.
Taylor, whom rejected a qualifying offer from Los Angeles, is arguably the top utility man available in free agency.
An NL All-Star with the Dodgers in 2021, the 30-year-old appeared in 148 games with Los Angeles this past season in which Taylor slashed .254/.344/.438 with 20 home runs, 73 RBI’s, and 13 stolen bases. While most-likely a potential starting center fielder with Miami, Taylor has extensive time spent at many other positions that essentially include everywhere but first base.
While Taylor could always return to Los Angeles, it is expected that the free agent will receive a multi-year deal with MLBTR projecting the deal at 4yr/$64mm.
Marlins Rumors: Miami Marlins showing interest in free agent outfielder Nick Castellanos
After being reported late-last week that the Marlins were showing interest in the south Florida native, another report came on Thursday from MLB Network’s Jon Morosi that Miami is showing interest in free agent Nick Castellanos.
Also a 2021 NL All-Star, it’s easy to see why Castellanos could be one of Miami’s top targets this offseason, a team that could use an impact bat in the middle of the lineup. Coming off a career-year in 2021 with the Reds, Castellanos slashed .309/.362/.576 with a career-high 34 home runs and 100 RBI’s.
While a deal is likely not close to happening with either of these two, it is noteworthy that the Marlins are showing interest in many of the top free agent outfielders on the market.