4 free agent hitters the Marlins should sign this offseason

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The MLB offseason is still in its infancy, but the Marlins free agent rumors for the 2021-22 offseason are already running rampant.

Granted, Miami isn’t typically a big spender. But the Marlins don’t have a lot of money tied up, which has led to some interesting Marlins free agency rumors in 2021-22.

After losing 95 games this past season, the list of Marlins’ offseason needs is rather large, even with some young and promising talent in the organization. Obviously, the Marlins won’t be shopping at the top of the market, but there are plenty of affordable players available this winter who could become Marlins’ free agent targets.

Marlins free agent rumors 2021-22

But where does the rubber meet the road? What is the intersection between all of the Marlins’ free agent rumors for the 2021-22 offseason and players that Miami could realistically go after?

Let’s take a look at some of Miami’s rumored offseason signings that could come to fruition and end up playing for the Marlins in 2022.

Avisail Garcia

Avisail Garcia is exactly the type of free agent that Miami should be targeting. He’s not going to break the bank but he will provide a professional hitter in the middle of the lineup.

While he’s had some up and down seasons, Garcia has been in the majors for a long time and is coming off a year in which he mashed 29 homers. Plus, he’s only 30, so getting him on a two or three-year deal should be a good investment for Miami.

Even though the Marlins have some young outfielders they’d like to see develop, Garcia is a safer option.


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Anthony Rizzo

There are plenty of rumblings connecting Anthony Rizzo to the Marlins this offseason. If the Yankees want him back, they can surely outbid any other team for him.

But if that doesn’t happen, Rizzo’s free agency is wide open.

As a native of South Florida who’s from nearby Parkland, Rizzo might be open to signing with the Marlins. It becomes even more realistic if the National League adopts the DH and can move Jesus Aguilar there full time, freeing up Rizzo to become Miami’s everyday first baseman.

Jorge Soler

Jorge Soler will be a wanted man this winter after his playoff heroics for the Braves.

But he may not be worth a mega-deal, keeping him a realistic option for the small-market Marlins.

As a native of Cuba, there is a natural appeal for Soler to sign with Miami. Again, if the DH does indeed come to the National League, that’s a spot that Soler could take, giving the Marlins a serious power threat in the middle of their lineup without taking away playing time from their young and promising outfielders.

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Nick Castellanos

On the surface, Nick Castellanos signing with the Marlins seems like a pipe dream. After all, he was an MVP candidate for most of the season, ultimately opting out and hitting the open market after a monster season with the Reds.

In other words, Castellanos isn’t going to come cheap, so the Marlins would have to be cool dedicating a lot of their payroll to him. But with the season he had in 2021, Castellanos might be one of the few players worth that risk. He’s also a South Florida native who grew up not far from Marlins Park, which is why there are plenty of rumors suggesting that the Marlins could lure Castellanos to Miami.

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Bryan Zarpentine is a freelance writer and editor with most of his work focusing on the world of sports. He is a 2008 graduate of Syracuse University and still resides in upstate New York.

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