2. SS JOEY WENDLE
The Miami Marlins will be looking for help at SS. What about the player who was supposed to be The Fish's starting SS this season? I'm of course talking about Joey Wendle, who batted .212/.248/.306, with 2 home runs and 20 RBI, in 112 games and 297 AB. He was worth a dreadful -0.2 WAR for the season.
Joey Wendle does have a decent enough track record. He's a career .263/.312/.386 hitter, usually praised for his good defense. Good defense is key for SS, but a bad bat on a team that needs hitting help....that dos not work particularly well.
The Miami Marlins could be willing to downgrade defensively at SS, in order to improve offensively there instead. That could very well be the team's plan this off-season. It's interesting to point out that Peter Bendix used to be with the Tampa Bay Rays, Wendle's former team as well. Will that affect his return to the team?
Joey Wendle is likely looking at a 1 or 2 year deal, at several millions of dollars a year. He could also just focus on one year deals to try and raise his value. Just like with Matt Moore, it's hard to say what The Fish's interest in him will be, but I'm under the impression that the team will just move on based on his poor production in 2023.
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