3. The Miami Marlins need a middle of the order bat
It’s become pretty clear that the Miami Marlins need better hitting. I’ll take it a step further however and say that we also need a specific type of hitter: a middle of the order bat who can be the anchor of the lineup.
The Miami Marlins need a middle of the order bat.
This type of bat is probably better suited to be an off-season acquisition, with the Miami Marlins finally spending again to bring in more fans snd to finally start playing better again. The free agent market offers some interesting options in the next few years: Aaron Judge, Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa, Rafael Devers, Juan Soto, Shohei Ohtani come to mind right away.
The trade market offers some options as well, such as last off-season’s popular trade candidate Bryan Reynolds and the aforementioned Juan Soto. I’m not saying that we should target Soto as I already covered, or that Reynolds is even available, but it makes sense to look for a bat that is under contract for a couple of seasons.
The Miami Marlins simply cannot move forward without a major improvement to the lineup. I just don’t see how The Fish can be perennial playoff contenders without doing this as soon as possible. The playoffs are not out of reach for the Miami Marlins next season, but steps need to start being taken now. “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and the foundation was built even earlier.