Here’s a note I missed from a September 30th Palm Beach Post column:
Cubs outfielder Cliff Floyd, a Marlin from 1997-2002, has told people close to him that he’d like to end his career in Florida. Floyd, a free agent, lives in the Fort Lauderdale area.
Larry Beinfest admitted at that time that he may have underestimated the need for veteran players to round out the roster. However, Floyd has said that he’s looking for regular playing time and it’s hard to see how the Marlins can offer that. Shifting Josh Willingham to first base wouldn’t be a bad idea, but that would only fit if Mike Jacobs is traded. Then you have to ask yourself if you really gain anything by signing Floyd.
A more realistic veteran option for Florida might be Shannon Stewart. They were considering him last January but backed off due to health concerns. Stewart proved himself healthy in ’07, playing in 146 games (his highest total since 2001). Also, he went to high school in Florida.