Happy New Year, Miami Marlins fans!
With the calendar having officially flipped to 2022, we can now begin to fully turn the page and take a deeper look in anticipation of the upcoming Marlins season. Speaking of the Marlins in 2022 as well, could this year be one full of reunions for the club?
Will the Miami Marlins bring back any former players in 2022?
There are currently multiple former Miami Marlins players available in free agency, a majority of which are intriguing options to consider bringing back for the 2022 season. Let’s take a look at who those 10 players are, starting with a former reliever.
10. Kyle Barraclough
A key part of the Marlins bullpen from 2015-18, Barraclough is coming off back-to-back down years in 2019 and 2021 (did not pitch in 2020), and would be a cheaper bullpen option to take a chance on.
As mentioned previously, Barraclough enjoyed success with the Marlins from 2015-18 where the right-hander posted a combined 3.21 ERA across four season’s, a span that included a phenomenal 2016 campaign headlined by a 2.85 ERA across 72.2 IP with a career-high 113 strikeouts.
Yes, Barraclough has struggled in recent years since being traded to Washington after the 2018 season, but the 31-year-old has had success in Miami before, could he do it again?
9. Andrew Miller
One of the more high-profile names on this list is Miller, a former starter with the then Florida Marlins from 2008-10 who transitioned to a full-time reliever role in 2012.
Becoming one of the top left-handed relievers in the game in the process, the two-time All-Star (2016-17) has however struggled in recent years with the St. Louis Cardinals, but did post a 2.77 ERA during the shortened 2020 season.
A veteran reliever who does having closing experience in recent years (62 combined saves since 2015), Miller would be an intriguing option to return to Miami in 2022 as a late-inning option in the bullpen.