Marlins Targeting Former World Series-Winning First Baseman

David Kaestle
Yuli Gurriel is being targeted by the Marlins in free agency.
Yuli Gurriel is being targeted by the Marlins in free agency. / Associated Press

The Miami Marlins are continually working their way back toward contention. Despite playing in a big market city, the Marlins operate and play like a small market franchise. This offseason has been no different.

However, they haven't been completely silent in free agency, and are now reportedly interested in bringing in a former World Series winner at first base.

The Marlins have reported interest in former Houston Astros first basemen Yuli Gurriel. Craig Mish is reporting that the Marlins and Gurriel have had conversations recently about him coming into to potentially share time with Garrett Cooper at first base.

Gurriel was a beast in 2021, leading the AL in batting average at .319 to go along with 15 home runs and 81 RBI. 2022 was an entirely different sotry, though. He fell of a cliff, hitting just .242 with 8 home runs and 53 RBI, all resulting in a 0.3 WAR on the season.

With the Astros singing Jose Abreau, it's pretty clear Gurriel's time in Houston is done, but maybe a change of scenery, especially to a place with far less expectations could change things for the 38-year old veteran. Or, maybe, at this age, his best years are simply behind him and 2022 was just the start of the decline.

Regardless, some team will take a shot on Gurriel just one season removed form a fantastic campaign, and it could be the Marlins.

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