The off-season is not exactly going very well for the Miami Marlins so far. At least it looks like that. The rumors have been underwhelming and today’s news are even worse: Xander Bogaerts is not coming to The Fish, he’s going to the San Diego Padres for 11 years/$280 million (!). 11 years!!! He’ll be over 40 years old when that contract ends. What should the Miami Marlins do now?
The Miami Marlins need to sign Carlos Correa.
I think that it’s safe to say that the Miami Marlins can’t sit around watching other teams getting better, without improving the lackluster offense. I think that Bogaerts’s deal is insane and am not the only one thinking that. Paying for 11 years sounds insane to me as he’ll be in his 40’s when the contract ends, but it’s yet another rumored target not going to The Fish. 11 years or no 11 years, you can’t help but feel frustrated as a Miami Marlins fan watching another good player go somewhere else.
What can the Miami Marlins do now? There’s still another top free agent… Carlos Correa is still available. The Los Angeles Dodgers are out, so are the Los Angeles Angels (sale expected to impede free agent moves), San Diego Padres now, Texas Rangers (already signed 2 SS’s last season), Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Washington Nationals…
We can reasonably rule out the Atlanta Braves due to payroll and the Baltimore Orioles due to no reports they’ll spend that high at this time. The Boston Red Sox don’t seem to want to spend that high and the Detroit Tigers will probably be careful. The Chicago Cubs? Will they finally spend big?
The Minnesota Twins and the San Francisco Giants are still in it, but San Francisco has so far avoided those types of contracts under their current front office regime. Will they finally break the bank though? Seems like they at least will try.
The Miami Marlins need to spend now, or find an owner who will. The fanbase is tired of losing and there’s no more excuses left. Carlos Correa should be the opening day SS or management has failed the fans.