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Players that the Miami Marlins should look upon this Off-Season
- Updated: September 14, 2012
The Miami Marlins’ season is pretty much over as they are already eliminated from the National League East Division. Pretty soon, the Marlins will be looking for some players in the free agency, so that they won’t be in last place for three seasons straight. Here’s some players the Marlins should try to sign.
Josh Hamilton: He’s definitely the best player who will hit the free agency this off-season. Josh Hamilton should make the Marlins playoff material quickly. This season, he’s hitting .285/.354/.582 with 42 homers and 121 RBI’s in 143 games. He could play in left field now that most likely Logan Morrison will be moving to first base or he could play centerfield. The only drawback is that he’s 31 years old.
Michael Bourn: If the Marlins can’t capture Josh Hamilton, I could see them going for Michael Bourn. Yes, another lead off hitter. But remember what Ozzie said “Your gonna’ get usde to seeing Reyes in the third slot and Stanton in the cleanup spot”. Michael Bourn, 30, is having his best season in homers and in RBI’s with 9 and 56. He’s also steals a lot of bases: 39 this season.
Kyle Lohse: Yes, he’s 33 soon to be 34 but he has two years in a row with 14 wins and more than 188.0 innings. Plus, this year he has an ERA below 3.00. If you don’t remember Lohse, he tossed a no-hitter until the seventh inning at the very first game at Marlins Park.
B.J Upton: The Marlins will definitely try to sign him. Upton, who will be 28 next season, is hitting .254/.307/.450 with 22 home runs and 67 RBI’s in 126 games. Another thing that I notice about him is that he could play third base, so that he could fill out that big hole that the Fish have at the third base position . .
Russell Martin: In the 2 World Series wins that the Marlins experienced, they had a lot of offensive help from the catcher. John Buck really isn’t the guy. Russel Martin isn’t having his best season but he has more than 15+ homers and most possible 50+ RBI’s (he’s has 48 RBI’s this season) in his last two season. He’s hitting .209/.313/.386 this season but maybe with a return to the National League, those numbers can change.
Mike Napoli: He’s been out quite a while with a quad injury. He will be a free agent this off-season. In 92 games, he’s batting .223/.343/.429 with 17 homers and 40 RBI’s. Napoli has posted more than 20+ homers since 2008 and that can continue to grow as he’s 3 home runs shy of the mark.
A.J. Pierzynski: At the age of 35, A.J. Pierzynski is having is breakout year. He has a .280 batting average with 26 home runs and 73 RBI’s in 119 games this year. He’s also a .career .284 batting. Other than his stats, it’s also good to have a veteran with playoff experience. Plus, he could come with his fellow baseball partner Mark Buehrle and coach Ozzie Guillen.
Jose Valverde: With Heath Bell being a bust, the Marlins will need a very experienced closer. Jose Valverde could be the guy as he enters the free agency. He will be 35 but he has been very successfull in his career as he has 20+ saves since 2007.
Other Players: David Wright, Kevin Youkilis, Brian McCann, Jake Peavy, James Shields and Fernando Rodney have club option and may not test the free agency this year.
Not Top Names: Anibal Sanchez, Cody Ross, Carlos Pena, Jose Lopez, Juan Pierre, Andruw Jones, Angel Pagan, Ichiro Suzuki, Edwin Jackson, Roy Oswalt and Jonathan Broxton.
This article was written by Jacobo Hakim. If you have any questions, please comment them below. Thanks for reading.