The Miami Marlins need to replace DH Jorge Soler before Spring Training in a few weeks. SS is the priority position for The Fish right now, but a DH must be brought in. Trey Mancini could theoretically be the answer, but there's a reason that he was signed to a Minor League deal. What about just bringing in some high upside low investment bats? It doesn't seem as if The Fish will spend much, so why not?
Mike Ford would be an interesting option for DH for the Miami Marlins.
What if the Miami Marlins signed Mike Ford for DH? Mike Ford may be a strange DH option for The Fish at first glance. He played for the New York Yankees from 2019 to 2021. During that time, he batted an awful .199/.301/.422, with 17 home runs and 41 RBI, in 101 games and 277 AB. Considering he was already 28 by the end of that run, it seemed that he was seemingly a bust.
He split 2022 between the San Francisco Giants, the Seattle Mariners, the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Angels. For San Francisco, he batted .250/.250/.250 with no home runs and 2 RBI, in one game. With Seattle, he batted .172/.368/.207 with no home runs and 3 RBI, in 16 games and 29 AB. With Atlanta, Ford batted .000/.125/.000, with 0 home runs and 0 RBI in 5 games and 8 AB.
With the Los Angeles Angels, Mike Ford batted .231/.293/.374, with 3 home runs and 5 RBI in 28 games and 91 AB. It's his return with Seattle that stands out. Ford batted .228/.323/.475 with 16 home runs and 34 RBI, in 83 games and 219 AB. The 16 home runs in 219 AB were very very impressive.
Let's get something out of the way first, Mike Ford is not an elite DH to put it mildly. He's not someone that I would even consider a solid DH option. I do however see him as a good roll of the dice, if the Miami Marlins are not spending on a solid DH option, bringing in a bunch of guys like him and Trey Mancini can work. One of them might end up being useful. The most important thing is that he can be had on a Minor League deal as well.