#1: Amed Rosario, SS
Amed Rosario represents the best mix of talent, value, and longterm potential. Still just 29 years old, the former top prospect could grow alongside a relatively young Marlins roster.
Though primarily a shortstop, the MLB veteran has experience at centerfield, corner outfield, and second base. This type of positional flexibility, particularly in the middle-infield, would represent a noticeable improvement over last year.
While Rosario isn't known for any singular, standout, skill, he is a solid producer across the board. He has a good batting eye, posting a respectable .263 batting average last season (which is quite near his career mark of .272). He also added 15 steals and six homers across 142 games and 510 at-bats.
Rosario's glove has been inconsistent at SS, ranking near the bottom of the league in several key metrics. Which is a major need for Miami. However, his ability to play around the diamond offsets some of these concerns. He would be an upgrade over an abysmal SS situation in 2023. Or, his defensive flexibility could allow him to shift to 2B (where he has 190 innings of experience). Additionally, Rosario could be used as an outfielder or as a super-utility player.
Spotrac projects Rosario's market value as $6.3 million per year. At this rate, he is a good value at any of the aforementioned positions. In fact, judging by their current market values, I would personally advocate that Miami pursue both him (as a super utility) and Tim Anderson (as a starter).
Unlike others on this list, Miami could offer him a multi-year deal and lock up a speedy utility player on a modest contract. The former Dodger and Met would be a welcome addition to the Fish in 2024 and beyond.
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