Miami Marlins - Winter Meetings top 3 needs according to Neil Raymond

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1. ACQUIRE A NEW SS.

The Miami Marlins struggled in 2023 with Joey Wendle as the team's SS. He's now gone and The Fish badly need a major upgrade. There are some options on the free agent market. One popular one is Tim Anderson, though he's coming off of a terrible .245/.286/.296 batting line. From 2019-2022 however, he batted .318/.347/.474 and it's possible that he can bounce back.

Amed Rosario is also available, though he batted just .263/.305/.378 in 2023. Those are the two best options for the position on the free agent market. That means that the trade market may be the way to go. Could the Miami Marlins target a big name? Or a more mid-tier option?

Some of the options include Jorge Polanco of the Minnesota Twins. Minnesota is looking to cut payroll, and Polanco may not have a starting spot with them next season. He's due $10.5 million next season, and is a career .269/.334/.446 hitter. They may be willing to sell low on him.

The Detroit Tigers will certainly shop Javier Baez, and his defense may be worth taking a shot on, if they cover most of his salary. Maybe the Boston Red Sox will do the same with Trevor Story. The Milwaukee Brewers may move their free agent to be Willy Adames as well.

The Toronto Blue Jays may move Bo Bichette if you believe the rumors. He won't be cheap though and most likely won't actually be moved. It would be great though. The Miami Marlins need to both get a new SS and ideally another big bat, or at least not one like Wendle's. The Fish have other needs, such as at catcher, but with that market being so bad, I'm focusing on these three priorities.

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