One of the team’s glaring weak points last season was second base and they will need to remedy that before the start of the 2015 campaign. While there isn’t an abundance of readily made second baseman available there is one player that could fit in nicely with Miami. That player is former Milwaukee Brewer Rickie Weeks.
New players need to be brought in and there is a player that needs to be brought in now, Brandon Moss. It is no secret that the Oakland Athletics are shopping Moss to a team in need.
With the exception of reliever Aaron Crow, acquired from the Royals last month, the Marlins have the same 77-win roster. Extending superstar Giancarlo Stanton was a huge win, but Hill and his lieutenants have more to do before branding this offseason a success.
MIAMI -- Derek Jeter's tour of Marlins Park on Monday has drawn speculation that the recently retired Yankees great is positioning himself to eventually own a ballclub, perhaps the Marlins. During a conference call on Friday in advance of the Winter Meetings, Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill was asked about the Jeter visit.
The Marlins have what teams want -- talented, controllable pitching. The club is even willing to part with a piece or two, but the challenge is finding a match that makes sense. Although numerous teams have inquired about Miami's pitching, nothing is close to being finalized as the Winter Meetings approach on Monday in San Diego.
Let the shopping begin. The Winter Meetings are launching on Monday morning in San Diego, and Marlins executives are ready to search for deals. Since the General Manager's Meetings in mid-November, the Marlins have been working the phones, discussing possible trade and free-agent scenarios. They will have four days to meet face-to-face with other clubs and agents in San Diego to see if they can find a power bat and a starting pitcher.
Though National League Comeback Player of the Year Casey McGehee, arbitration eligible for the final time, said he would be interested in a multiyear contract, the Marlins haven’t offered one, though they do want him back next season. He was great before the All-Star break (.319, 53 RBI), but those numbers dipped to .243 and 23 afterward.
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One of the greatest events in the baseball industry is the annual Winter Meetings. Where else can you talk to the best and brightest baseball minds all in one place at the same time -- and usually someplace warm? With so many big names still available via free agency or trade, this year's Meetings in San Diego should be eventful. Here's my list of the 10 teams and/or people who will be the busiest.
SAN DIEGO -- David Robertson is an absolutely perfect fit for the Astros on so many levels that it's difficult to see it not happening. OK, Robertson may not agree at this point. This is not just change -- going from the Yankees to the Astros -- this is dramatic change. It's going from a club with the highest of expectations to one still working on turning the corner.
The Orioles' search for outfield help is set to continue when the annual Winter Meetings officially open on Monday morning. There has already been some excitement surrounding executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, who was the subject of headlines Sunday when reports surfaced that he was a candidate for the rumored vacancy of Toronto's president/CEO job.
Maybe it doesn't mean that much. But on those occasions when the Winter Meetings are held in a city that has its own Major League team, there's a different dynamic. It doesn't happen in Nashville. It doesn't happen at Disney World, in New Orleans or in Las Vegas. But when these meetings are held in a place like Dallas or Boston, they bring extra attention -- and possibly an even heightened sense of urgency -- to the home team.
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Miami is looking to add a starting pitcher this offseason, and the veteran lefty might be a nice fit.
The Giancarlo Stanton contract was a necessary evil in terms of heavy spending, but the key to sustainable success for the Marlins is contracts just like the ones they have offered to Jose Fernandez and Christian Yelich.
The Miami Marlins are rumored to be among the teams interested in Chase Headley, though that may have passed. In our offseason plan. we explain why Headley would be a good thing in Miami.
Miami is still looking for a bat to protect Giancarlo Stanton in the lineup, but the Marlins have not internally discussed Headley, according to The Miami Herald.
The Winter Meetings officially get underway in San Diego tomorrow and run through Thursday.