Miami Marlins: 10 former players to consider bringing back in 2022

Matt Melton
MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 25: Brad Hand #52 of the Miami Marlins looks on during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Marlins Park on August 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 25: Brad Hand #52 of the Miami Marlins looks on during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Marlins Park on August 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) /
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Miami Marlins infielder Jonathan Villar (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

2. Brad Hand

On the topic of bringing back closer’s, if the Marlins opt-to go that route, Brad Hand is arguably the biggest offseason splash that the club could make at the position with former players.

Now no, Hand was not a closer during his time with the Marlins from 2011-15, but the left-hander did make a combined 90 appearances (43 starts) during his time with the organization posting a combined 4.71 ERA.

A three-time All-Star, Hand became one of the top overall closers in the game shortly after being claimed off waivers by San Diego back in 2016. Coming off a down year in 2021 (3.90 ERA combined between four MLB teams), bringing back Hand in 2022 as Miami’s closer makes sense.

1. Jonathan Villar

The final name on this list, if the Marlins are looking to add another super utility type player who can instantly contribute at the major league level, Villar is the former player you could argue makes the most sense.

Miami’s starting shortstop during the first half of the shortened 2020 season, Villar is coming off a strong 2021 season with the Mets where he posted a combined .738 OPS across 142 games, with a majority of his time defensively coming at third base.

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One of the top super utility players still available in free agency, the 30-year-old would be an interesting player to bring back to Miami in 2022 as a proven veteran who can play almost anywhere defensively.

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