As the 2022-23 MLB offseason approaches the month of January, who are some of the top free agents still currently available for the Miami Marlins at some of the clubs’ positions of need? (NOTE: Players listed still currently a free agent as of Monday, December 19 – Trade options are not included in this list)
Who are some of the Miami Marlins top free agent targets still available?
- Brandon Belt
- Yuli Gurriel
- Jesus Aguilar
When looking at the first base free agent options available, arguably the biggest name is that of Belt, a 12-year MLB veteran who has spent every season of his career with the San Francisco Giants. The 34-year-old is coming off a down year in which he slashed .213/.326/.350 across 78 games, but did have one of the best offensive seasons of his career in 2021, hitting 29 HR with a .975 OPS across 97 games.
Gurriel could also be an option, as could Aguilar, who slashed a combined .254/.317/.431 with 45 HR with the Marlins from 2020-22. As for other options, Miguel Sano and Trey Mancini are two names that could be possibilities as well.
- Brandon Drury
- Evan Longoria
- Donovan Solano
Based on the remaining free agents available for positions of need, Drury could be a move that makes sense for the Marlins at third base. The 30-year-old won a Silver Slugger a year ago during one of the best single seasons of his eight-year MLB career, slashing a combined .263/.320/.492 with 28 HR between the Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres.
Should Drury sign elsewhere, the top free agent options would then likely be Longoria and Solano (UTL option), both of which held an OPS north of .700 a year ago. Former Marlin Brian Anderson is also currently a free agent as well.
- Craig Kimbrel
- Taylor Rogers
- Andrew Chafin
Based on the remaining relievers in free agency, the biggest name is undoubtedly that of Kimbrel. A 13-year veteran and eight-time All-Star, Kimbrel is coming off a 2022 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers that included a 3.75 ERA with 22 saves across 60 IP.
Rogers is a name that I suggested a few months back that the Marlins should target, while Chafin is coming off a season in which the left-hander held a 2.83 ERA across 57.1 IP. Among the other top free agent relief options available are Michael Fulmer, Chad Green, and Matt Wisler.
In conclusion, here are a few additional names at other positions who would intriguing options as a potential free agent addition for the Miami Marlins: SS/2B Jean Segura, OF Michael Conforto, C Gary Sanchez, OF Adam Duvall, OF AJ Pollack, OF David Peralta, OF Tyler Naquin.