The Miami Marlins are in the midst of what figures to be a long rebuild after the team finished the 2019 season with a 57-105 record.
Despite a year to forget, the Marlins have some promising young talent that could make the team competitive with a little more development. However, until that talent is ready to contribute at the Major League level, the club will need to actively search for some place-holders in the shallow end of the 2020 free agent pool.
With that in mind, here are three free agents that the Marlins should consider signing this offseason.
1. Howie Kendrick, Utility Infielder/Outfielder
The Marlins have a need at both 2B and 3B now that Martin Prado and Starlin Castro are free agents. So why not sign a player who can fill both of those rolls? Howie Kendrick had a late-career renaissance in 2019 for the World Series champion Washington Nationals, slashing a ridiculous .344/.395/.572 with 23 doubles, 17 homers and 62 RBI across 370 plate appearances. A Florida native, it's possible that the 36-year-old veteran would want to spend the twilight years of his MLB career close to home – something that could play to Miami's advantage. There's bound to be a slight regression (.359 BABIP) in Kendrick's numbers, but he'd provide a strong bat that can play three of the four infield positions and the two corner outfield spots.
2. Didi Gregorius, Shortstop
Didi Gregorius could be just the player to recoup some of the production the Marlins are set to lose in their middle infield. The 29-year-old has been one of the best offensive shortstops since the start of the 2016 season, averaging 22 homers, 24 doubles and 76 RBI. While Miguel Rojas played 125 games at short for the Marlins last season, if they were to sign Didi, he'd surely slide over to another infield spot.
3. Neil Walker, Utility Infielder/Outfielder
Neil Walker had a respectable year in a part-time role for Miami in 2019, with 19 doubles, eight homers and 38 RBI to go along with a .738 OPS across 381 plate appearances. The 34-year-old utility infielder's bat is just slightly above average (0.8 oWAR), but his positional flexibility is what gives him tremendous value and what makes him worth re-signing. During his career, Walker has spent time at first base, second base, third base and both corner outfield spots. Having that much flexibility from a veteran that knows the organization is a good thing for a rebuilding team like the Marlins.
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