The Miami Marlins have showed renewed interest in a free agent shortstop, who may be the best available option at this point in the offseason, unless a major trade took place. No its not Jean Segura, but rather Gio Urshela who if he can stay healthy would be a top option in this current market. With less than two weeks before Spring Training begins, the Marlins and many other teams are needing to make a move or two, and Marlins fans have been waiting.
Could Gio Urshela push the Marlins over the top?
Gio Urshela has a similar resume to that of Jorge Soler, and the Marlins would be lucky to get a full season out of him for more than one season. The Marlins could use his bat in the lineup but Urshela played only 62 games last season, 144 the year before, and 116 the year before that. Urshela has plenty of upside as he could end up being a 20 home run, 75 RBI producer who hits in the upper 200's in batting average. He could easily push the Marlins into a higher run producing category to help fix their run differential if he can perform and last for the full season. The logical downside for Urshela is that he only has 3 seasons of his 8 career seasons where he played over 100 games.
Can the Marlins get him to stay healthy?
One potential option that the Marlins could look into to helping Urshela stay healthy would be managing his play time. With Jon Berti on the roster, the Marlins could platoon Berti and Urshela at short and give Urshela more time to rest as a DH to keep his bat in the lineup. That would not be a bad option, although it would limit their ability to have a bigger bat in the DH spot in the lineup. If the Marlins sign a big bat, trade for one, or if someone like Troy Johnston can emerge as one, this would cut back on their impact. Either way the Marlins are looking at Urshela and others as an option as we have wrote about previously, and Urshela can make a big impact.