It’s slim pickings at this time of year. The vast majority of proven major league players who intend to continue their careers in 2021 have latched on with teams and reported to spring training.
The Marlins don’t have any more glaring needs to address for the upcoming season, but even following the signing of Gio Gonzalez, they still have room to add depth. MLB is allowing teams to roster up to 75 players in major league camp. Gonzalez brings Miami’s total to 74 (39 pitchers and 35 position players).
Will they use that final spot when there’s barely three weeks of Grapefruit League competition left? My guess is no. It is safe to assume they won’t be trading away more minor league depth right now, or paying up for anybody who demands a guaranteed contract.
However, the door is ajar for a minor league signing.
The names below—courtesy of MLB Trade Rumors—are all experienced major leaguers who remain available in free agency as of Mar. 5 (their 2021 season age is in parentheses). Depending on team fit, opt-out clauses and performance bonuses, most should be amenable to signing as a non-roster invitee.
I have omitted right-hander Mike Leake who reportedly will wait until the regular season to sign. Names with asterisks are almost assured major league deals.
Focusing on the other guys, who sits atop your last-minute Marlins wish list?
Matt Adams (32),
José Álvarez (32), Homer Bailey (35), Jorge Bonifácio (27), Ryan Braun (37), Trevor Cahill (33), Yoenis Céspedes (35), Zack Cozart (35), Daniel Descalso (34), Edwin Encarnación (38), Tyler Flowers* (35), Logan Forsythe (34), Maikel Franco* (28), Zack Godley (31), Shane Greene* (32), Jedd Gyorko (32), Cole Hamels* (37), Matt Kemp (36), Nick Markakis (37), Logan Morrison (33), Juan Nicasio (34), Jake Odorizzi * (31), Roberto Osuna* (26), Brad Peacock (33), Rick Porcello (32), Yasiel Puig (30), AJ Ramos (34), Josh Reddick* (34), Rene Rivera (37), David Robertson (36), Addison Russell (27), Jeff Samardzija (36), Aníbal Sánchez* (37), Tyler Thornburg (32), Neil Walker (35), Matt Wieters (35) and Edinson Vólquez (37)
Or maybe there is a career minor leaguer on the market whose tools and production have caught your attention? Please share in the comments.