Miami Marlins: 5 way-too-early free agent targets for the 2022-23 offseason

Matt Melton
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 06: Willson Contreras #40 of the Chicago Cubs reacts on first base after his RBI single in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field on August 06, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 06: Willson Contreras #40 of the Chicago Cubs reacts on first base after his RBI single in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field on August 06, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /
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4. OF Kike Hernandez

There are a few outfield options that the Marlins could pursue at the corner spots, with names such as Joey Gallo, Michael Brantley, Adam Duvall, and Robbie Grossman among the top options available. However, there is also an intriguing veteran option in centerfield, which is arguably a position of need for Miami, in Hernandez, a former Marlin who played in 18 games with the organization back in 2014.

One of the top centerfield free agents this offseason, Hernandez will be entering his age 31 season in 2023, as well as coming off two seasons with the Boston Red Sox, one of which was among the best single-seasons of his career. A player with experience at other positions as well, Hernandez would also be a one-to-two year deal option in centerfield, assuming Miami doesn’t make a trade to fill the position this offseason.

3. INF Wilmer Flores

If you were to look for a potential underrated signing that the Miami Marlins could make, Flores might just be your answer. No, Flores might not be the flashiest free agent signing compared to some of the other infield names available this offseason, but make no mistake, Flores is undoubtedly one of the top utility players in the 2022-23 free agent class.

Holding an OPS around .800 across the last four seasons combined, Flores is a name who can play almost anywhere in the infield defensively, and will be coming off one of the best single-seasons of his career. The 31-year-old could make a key impact with the Marlins as a utility player, and would be among the cheaper options of any name on this list.

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