Amed Rosario - SS
The Miami Marlins need a starting shortstop and Amed Rosario is the best option left in the free agent market. What does Rosario do to the Marlins lineup isn’t as big of an impact as Merrifield or Pham. Rosario would shore up the defensive side of things but the 28 year old shortstop isn’t going to be a big impact player like the Marlins need to sign.
As we have suggested, the Marlins could really use a trade for Willy Adames and the possibility is much more real than it was a few days ago. Rosario on the other hand would fill the gap but not well.
Rosario combined for 25 doubles, 6 home runs, 58 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases with a slash line of .263/.305/.378 and an OPS of .683. While those stats aren’t terrible they are only a slight improvement on Joey Wendle’s 16 doubles, 2 home runs, 20 RBIs, and 7 stolen bases. Wendle did however slash a pathetic .212/.248/.306 with an OPS at .554. Rosario adds some to the offense but it is not a huge increase that Fish fans are hoping for this offseason. Here is how the new lineup could look with Rosario:
That lineup is pretty decent but still lacks the big pop from an off-season move we are all hoping for. Let’s hope Bendix can pull something out and sign a big bat remaining, although I have limited hope with Marlins ownership. Could Rosario be the best they will add this off-season or will they shoot for a true replacement for Soler, despite already having a higher payroll from the start of last season.