Six Low-Cost Position Players the Miami Marlins should Target in Free Agency

The Marlins small payroll might not need to take a big hit
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#5: Adam Duvall, OF

There are a number of corner outfielders in the free agent market that could fill a need for the Marlins. Players like Cody Bellinger, Tommy Pham, Mark Canha, and Lourdes Gurriel stand out as headlining options. However, because each of their price tags likely fall outside the "bargain bin" range, one low-cost veteran stands out: Adam Duvall.

The 35-year-old slugger produced well with the Red Sox in 2023. He managed to record a .247 BA (several points above his .232 career mark). Of course, his relatively low contact numbers are made up for with a plus power bat (21 homers in 2023).

Depending on where sluggers like Jorge Soler and Jesus Sanchez factor into the club's future, adding a short-term masher like Duvall could make a big difference in 2024. And with just a $5.5 million projected market value, he is well within Miami's budget.

Bargain OF Honorable Mentions: Mark Canha (MIL), Michael Brantley (HOU), Travis Jankowski (TEX)

#4: Brandon Belt, 1B

This signing makes the most sense if the Fish are unable to retain incumbent first base starter Josh Bell (although there could be a scenario where both are rostered). With free agent options like Rhys Hoskins likely carrying a $20+ million per season contract expectation, and Justin Turner being age 38, Belt represents a low-cost alternative.

The longtime San Fransisco Giant performed quite well in his first season outside Oracle Park in 2023. He hit to the tune of a .254 batting average while mashing a solid 19 home runs across 103 games.

Belt also carries a distinct championship pedigree from his two World Series titles in San Fransisco. If the upstart Marlins do intend to build off their 2023 postseason berth, the veteran first baseman could prove to be a starting-caliber player and an excellent clubhouse presence.

With a projected market value of just $2.5 million, Belt checks a lot of the Marlins' boxes at a very low cost. Josh Bell should be option #1, this is a reasonable failsafe if he is not retained. Belt is a worthwhile DH (which would solve another key void) or depth signing even if Bell is the starter at 1B.

Bargain 1B Honorable Mentions: CJ Cron (LAA), Carlos Cantana (MIL)