Whit Merrifield - OF and 2B
The Marlins still can add a consistent bat to their lineup and fill their outfield hole. Whit Merrifield would certainly change the top of the order and put more speed on the base paths. Merrifield would likely fill in at the two hole in the lineup and the top of the order would look something akin to the following:
That’s a solid top of the lineup and Merrifield’s stats back up the notion he should be in the second spot. Merrifield last season had 27 doubles, 11 home runs, 67 RBIs, and 26 stolen bases with a slash line of .272/.318/.382 and an OPS of .700. At first look the Marlins fans might think they aren’t addressing the issue enough with Merrifield but he creates more disruption to opposing pitchers, especially if he can challenge catchers for stolen bases.
This lineup would provide the Marlins with two lead off hitters in the row in Arraez and Merrifield and give the middle of the order the best shot at scoring runs on a consistent basis. This would also give the Marlins the ability to stretch singles into doubles with stolen bases.
The Marlins fan base would certainly welcome a bigger bat to fill their DH role but who else is out there and can be signed?