Marlins Seeking Catching Help This Offseason

The Marlins are "strongly considering moving in another direction at catcher" this offseason, reports MLB.com's Joe FrisaroJohn Baker may be headed for elbow surgery, while Ronny Paulino is a non-tender candidate given his PED suspension.  Who might the Marlins consider importing this winter?

Viable free agents for the Marlins include Rod Barajas, John Buck, Ramon Hernandez, Gerald Laird, Bengie Molina, A.J. Pierzynski, Yorvit Torrealba, Jason Varitek, and Gregg Zaun.  If the Fish don't find their man within that group, Ryan Doumit, Mike Napoli, Russell Martin, and Chris Iannetta could be available via trade.


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  1. sdsuphilip 5 years ago

    Martin would be a good fit for them

  2. fredrok 5 years ago

    Who isnt looking for catching help this year, that would be a better question.

  3. and V Mart doesn’t make the list?

    • $1529282 5 years ago

      When was the last time the Marlins signed a free agent for anything more than $1MM or so? The list is viable free agents for the Marlins specifically… they’re not going to hand out a three- or four-year deal to the top free agent catcher. Everyone on that list is looking at a one-year deal, maybe with an option.

      Well, Buck could end up with multiple years. But other than that, none of them have done anything to warrant more than a one-year, $3MM deal or so (at the most).

    • comegys 5 years ago

      It’s a good question. Marlins 2010 opening day payroll was $55.6 million; 2011 lineup:
      1B: Sanchez – 1+
      2B: Uggla/Coghlan – $11 million for Uggla; Coghlan Super 1+
      SS: Ramirez – $11.0 million
      3B: Uggla/Coghlan – $11 million for Uggla; Coghlan Super 1+
      LF: Morrison – 0+
      CF: Maybin? – 1+
      RF: Stanton – 0+
      SP: Johnson – $7.75 million
      SP: Nolasco – 3rd time arb – $6.0 to $7.0 million
      SP: Sanchez – 2nd time arb – $3.0 million
      CL: Nunez – 2nd time arb – $4.0 million

      That’s around $45 million; they have the new park coming in 2012 with most of their lineup pre-arb eligible plus they have taken a ton of abuse from the MLBPA and the media for pocketing revenue sharing cash. They have cash; the need for a veteran leader; and the need for a veteran hitter.

      I agree that it probably will not happen but it makes sense for them to sign Martinez

  4. pleeeeease take doumit

  5. Prince_Fielders_Donuts 5 years ago

    i can see a vet guy like Gerald Laird getting a deal with the fish.

  6. Guest 5 years ago

    I don’t know much about the Marlins farm, but anyone know of any highly touted prospects? Maybe a Jesus Montero for ?? swap. It would kill two birds with one stone for both teams.

    • penpaper 5 years ago

      No, both Stanton and Morrison were their top prospects. Obviously, they have graduated. The only people I can think are Matt Dominguez(3B) and Brad Hand(SP)

  7. OptimisticMarlinsFan 5 years ago

    Buck, Iannetta, Napoli and Martin are the only guys I would consider.

  8. OptimisticMarlinsFan 5 years ago

    Buck, Iannetta, Napoli and Martin are the only guys I would consider. I guess I could settle for Torrealba.

  9. bomberj11 5 years ago

    Now just imagine how awful Paulino would be if he didn’t take PED’s.

    • penpaper 5 years ago

      If I remember correctly, they were just diet pills. You could why with a simple google image search!

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