The new non-tendered free agents may hold some promise.
At midnight Tuesday, 28 major-leaguers became free agents when the clubs holding their rights declined to offer them contracts.
With the regular free agent market ridiculously overpriced for the commodities the Marlins need most -- a closer and outfielder -- Beinfest undoubtedly is looking over these new offerings with interest.
Among the more attractive ones are right-hander Todd Williams, who appeared in 134 games for the Baltimore Orioles the past two seasons; veteran right-hander Chris Reitsma (Braves); outfielders Aaron Guiel (Yankees), Jayson Werth (Dodgers) and Alexis Gomez (Tigers); and catcher Toby Hall (Dodgers).
The Marlins have done a pretty decent job in the past of signing the non-tendered ones but this year could prove more difficult than in the past. So far this year, the market has been overpriced for free agents and I don't think that is going to change very soon, if at all.
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Honestly, I doubt it will make trading any easier. Everyone seems to be over valuing the worth of their players - which is somewhat understandable. The Marlins don't need to, and shouldn't, make a move just to make a move. If a good deal isn't there, we can stand pat, if need be. Deals can be made later, if at all, during the first-third of the season. By that time, everyone has some idea as to the holes they have in their organization and should be more willing to make a two-team beneficial trade.