The Marlins’ Third Base Options

The Marlins demoted third baseman Matt Dominguez today, so the slick-fielding prospect will start the season in the minor leagues, where he can work to improve his offense. The move opens up competition at third base and suggests the Marlins could look outside the organization for temporary help at the hot corner. Here's the latest:

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  1. I wouldn’t rely on any of those guys. Maybe, maybe a Bonifacio/Helms platoon. But it sure is slim pickens out there; Ben listed all the reasonable options I can think of.

    • rockfordone 4 years ago

      Mark Teahan from W Sox

      • jwsox 4 years ago

        Teahan for a prospect( mid level nothing special) or someone that could be a long reliever would be a decent trade for both teams

        • Antonio Nicarelli 4 years ago

          Hell, give them Teahen for nothing. Even eat half his salary if you have to. THE IRON IS HOT, KENNY! STRIKE NOW!

  2. DMCj 4 years ago

    Know who would look really good in a Marlins’ uniform? Alberto Gonzalez.

    OK – maybe it would just look good to me (and maybe Mike Rizzo).

    Let’s get the rumor mill started!

  3. Let_Timmy_Smoke 4 years ago

    Not sure if the Yanks would give up Chavez. Maybe if they were offered Michael Dunn back? Otherwise, the Marlins should look into Jorge Vazquez, aka “El Chato!” He has been tearing it up this Spring, and has a solid minor league record. He’s already 29 so no longer a prospect, and his defense leaves alot to be desired, but he might be able to hold down the fort until Dominguez is ready, and probably will come very cheap.

  4. rayking 4 years ago

    The Marlins aren’t sure if Pedro Feliz is an upgrade over internal options? Tell them to call anyone else in the league for the simple answer – he’s definitely not.

  5. Emilio Bonifacio to me has much more value than his stats. When this guy gets on base, accidents happen. I watched pitcher after pitcher throw the ball away in pick off attempts, toss wild pitches, etc… this guy has lightning quick legs, probably in the top 10 in the game.

    I say bat him in the 8 slot, with a sacrifice bunt, this guy can score on anything in play to the outfield. And with Coughlan and Infante as your 1-2, pretty good odds a ball will get in play. This should provide some much needed OBP to the bottom half of the lineup. The Marlins will for sure have some speed in the starting lineup this season with Coughlan, Infante, Hanley, and Stanton (yes, he has some speed).

    Dominguez will be here eventually…

    • johnsilver 4 years ago

      Bonifacio is a horrid defender at 3b as many Fish fans who watched them will state and who may have blazing speed.. But has -0- clue how to translate that into stolen base potential. this is the worst possible player they could have there. it almost makes you want to have Cantu back for that what was it? 1-1.5M he got from the Padres?

  6. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Edwin Encarnacion for Josh Johnson?


      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        I just found out we can add pics to our comments. This is awesome. Everything’s coming up Milhouse!

    • eyedessert 4 years ago

      Edwin Encarnacion for one of the Marlins Mermaids would be a far more fair trade.

  7. DMCj 4 years ago

    I would accept a trade of Alberto Gonzalez for an undisclosed personal issue/mystery injury that keeps Hanley Ramirez out of half of the Nats/Marlins season series.

  8. Pedro Feliz or a Helms/Dobbs platoon? Sounds like the winter before the ’08 season for the Phillies!

  9. How about Gonzalez for a Nyjer Morgan vs Chris Volstad rematch?

  10. PRINCEOFNY 4 years ago

    How long are the Marlins going to be able to function with the farcical outfield defense they’re planning with Chris Coghlan in center?

  11. wkkortas 4 years ago

    Garrett Atkins is an option…of course, taking a dump in your own pants is an option as well, but I don’t recommend that either.

    • Rabbitov 4 years ago

      At this point in his career I’m not sure I’d trust Garret Atkins to mow my lawn.

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        nonsense, he’d do a fine job

      • roomwithamoose 4 years ago

        well if you’re in denver he’ll mow the hell out of your lawn

  12. Blue387 4 years ago

    When I saw this page, Dallas McPherson was the first to come to my mind but he has a few problems. He’s with the White Sox now apparently.

  13. rizdak 4 years ago

    If they can’t get someone semi-decent, then they could also take a flier on Brandon Wood. Not sure if a quad-A utility guy is worth a roster spot to them, I think he’s out of options with the Angels.

  14. If the Marlins want Michael Young, they have to move a big salary. Ricky Nolasco would fit the bill – $6M/$9M/$11.5M (plus $0.5M bonus for IP each year if he stays healthy) in 2011-13, vs. $16M/$16M/$16M for Young. Nolasco is about to get awfully expensive for his level of performance (85, 93 ERA+ the last 2 years), unless he can step it up considerably this year.

    • What a bad idea for Florida..

      • Obviously we wouldn’t be talking about a straight-up deal – Texas would have to kick in one or two good prospects and a bunch of cash to even up the salaries. They might be willing to give up a lot for Nolasco, who is certainly a better pitcher than his ERA+ shows (thanks to the Marlins’ awful defense).

        Supposedly the Marlins are interested in Young, though, and I don’t see how they get into the conversation without a big salary moving back to Texas. Who would that be? Look at the other guys at the top end of Florida’s payroll. Hanley and Josh Johnson aren’t going anywhere, and Javier Vazquez has a full no-trade clause. Texas just acquired two catchers (Napoli and Torrealba) so they won’t want John Buck. After that, you’re in the sub-$4M salary range, which doesn’t do much to even the salaries in a deal. If they’re considering moving any of their remaining high-payroll guys, Nolasco’s the most likely to go.

  15. Let_Timmy_Smoke 4 years ago

    Chris Davis might be worth a shot as well.

  16. why not coghlan in 3rd base and have wise or bonifacio in center

  17. Whole_New_World 4 years ago

    Did he imply that anyone would trade away ANYTHING for Pedro Feliz?

    I thought negative WAR was bad, and -2.3 WAR is really, really bad.

  18. How about the Marlins management was IGNORANT to begin with to bank on a minor leaguer that everyone knew couldn’t hit! Cantu for 850k? Are you kidding? Why wouldn’t you do that? At the very least, he is better than Dobbs. STUPIDITY at its finest.

  19. ToddHollandsworth 4 years ago

    How bout the Marlins trading for Brandon Wood. All he needs is a change of sceniory and he will do well. Would get everyday playing time in FL too. Drop mad bombs there.

  20. ToddHollandsworth 4 years ago

    How bout the Marlins trading for Brandon Wood. All he needs is a change of scenery and he will do well. He would play everyday in FL and wouldnt have a lot of pressure on him like he does as an Angel. He would drop bombs in FL.

  21. rockfordone 4 years ago

    Teahen for a bag of baseballs – Don’t have to be “new”

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