Free agent infielder Billy Butler would be a fit with the Marlins, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman speculates, but it’s unlikely the club has room for Butler on its bench.
The Marlins seem adamant about carrying an extra bullpen arm (13 of them) this season and as a result won’t have a deep bench to work with. However, Butler likely would have proven to be an intriguing platoon partner for Justin Bour at first base.
Manager Don Mattingly and Miami’s front office have made clear Bour will receive a fair share of at-bats against left-handed pitchers. But still, an extra right-handed bat could prove to be valuable.
He appeared in 97 games with the Athletics and Yankees last season, hitting .284/.336/.416 with five home runs and 35 RBIs. Butler has proven to be a power threat throughout his career and would add that power to Miami’s bench.
It’s unlikely the Marlins sign another first baseman, let alone Butler, but the thought is intriguing. Butler could be an option if the Marlins are seeking offense and he is available after the season begins.