Marlins Will Consider Big-Name Free Agents

The Marlins are prepared to look into signing even the most expensive free agents this offseason, sources close to the team tell Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post.  This includes the likes of Albert Pujols, C.C. Sabathia or Prince Fielder, though Capozzi notes that it could be a stretch seeing any of those players in South Beach next year.

Still, with the team's new ballpark opening in Miami in April, team president David Samson says owner Jeffrey Loria is prepared to spend to put a competitve team on the field in 2012.

"Basically, what Jeffrey has instructed all of us is that no stone will be left unturned in order to make this year a memory and make next year unforgettable,' Samson said.  "He said, 'I want people to forget about '11, forget about Sun Life Stadium, forget about the Florida Marlins, and I want the Miami Marlins to have their franchise start by making history.' "

We've already heard about Florida's interest in Aramis Ramirez and C.J. Wilson and Capozzi adds that the Marlins are also keeping an eye on Joey Votto should the Reds decide to make their star first baseman available.  Though any team would be interested in the likes of Votto, Pujols and Fielder, this focus on first basemen could indicate the Marlins are dissatisfied with Gaby Sanchez and could look to make a move at first even if they don't acquire a superstar.

One source tells Capozzi that the Marlins' payroll could be close to $100MM next season.  Cot's Baseball Contracts records Florida's 2011 payroll at a bit under $58MM and MLBTR's Tim Dierkes recently looked at what the Fish could spend on their arbitration-eligible players.

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  1. mattinglyfan 4 years ago

    But will big-name free agents consider the Marlins?

    • ultimate913 4 years ago

      I came in here to say that. Now I have no way to contribute to this topic.

      Nice going, person.

    • fishfan4life 4 years ago

      Why wouldn’t they?

      • FreeMee 4 years ago

        ask logan morrison

        • fishfan4life 4 years ago

          I’m sure they know how to conduct themselves off the field more than LoMo does.

          • What exactly did LoMo do that was so bad?  He tweets his mind, and missed a meet and greet because Wes Helms told him it was ok (after he did an autograph signing).  He also publicly apologized for missing the meet and greet before he missed it.  Other than that, has the team said anything?

      • captainjeter 4 years ago

        because  they have no fan  base. What do  they average at home ? 1500?

        • That’s about how many Yankee fans were left in Yankee Stadium at the end of game 6 of the 2003 World Series.

    • Jose_Bautista 4 years ago

      With all the stuff going on recently, it seems highly unlikely.

      But money talks….money talks…

  2. fishfan4life 4 years ago

    Is it 2012 yet?

  3. rsanchez1 4 years ago

    If they’re really dissatisfied with the only guy on their team to make the ASG, they don’t have much common sense at all. I’m a Marlins fan, but honestly, when you can throw around names like Albert Pujols and Joey Votto, who are you gonna pick? Until Loria puts his money where his mouth is, though, I look forward to seeing Gaby Sanchez at first next year (unless the Marlins really are dumb enough to trade away their All-Star first baseman and not get a Votto or Pujols to fill the void).

    • Gaby Sanchez is an average first baseman. First base is supposed to be a power position. 20 HRs. .270. Not that impressive. Average. Defensively, he is TERRIBLE at picking balls in the dirt.  He does some things well. That is why he is our starting 1B, but he is pretty easily replaceable.  Some of you will hate this comment, butthat is just how it is.

    • captainjeter 4 years ago

      Votto is not getting traded. The Reds would be dumb  to do that . Pujolis is staying  with the Cards. It will be  a media  nightmare  if  they let him walk.  Giants , Cubs ,Rangers , Orioles  and Nationals are probably  going after  him.
      CC? That is  a joke. Yankees  are going to move heaven and  earth to keep IF he opts out

  4. I don’t know, but has Gaby ever played at third? The marlins could stick him there and make a hard push for prince.

    • Page 4 years ago

      Gaby hasn’t played there since college. You don’t want to see em there. He’s barely average at first base.

      • Oh ok. Didn’t know if he played there in the minors or not.

        • Page 4 years ago

          They actually had him come up as a catcher until he reached the upper levels if I remember correctly.

      • He played third some in single A I believe.  Why wouldn’t you want him at third? His strengths: good arm, good range, solid fielder. His biggest weakness: fielding throws.  I think third would be a good fit. 

  5. Bluebirdz 4 years ago

    If the marlins want Votto they will have to pry him from the hands of Alex Anthopolous because I just can’t see Votto going anywhere else if he is traded. Not only is he an all star firstbasemen and a huge upgrade over Adam Lind. But he is also not only canadian but Torontoian, I can’t see the marlins being able to beat the jays on
    This one, especially with the superiority of the jays farm system.

  6. johnsilver 4 years ago

    Keys are same as what got them off to such a hot start in 2011:

    Rotation.. meaning Johnson is healthy, Sanchez remain a viable #2 and hope that both Nolasco and Volstad will fulfill the promise that they have the talent for and be consistent. Don’t think retaining vazquez even matters, remember when this team was winning last year vazquez was awful, it was the front 4 that were actually doing ok.

    Ramirez comes back with a vengeance and shows some fire is very important, as is finding a position for Bonifacio where he will not hurt the team defensively.

    • Disagree about Vazquez.  He was awesome once he got his velocity back.  I would take him back. 

      • johnsilver 4 years ago

        I understand there. Just after seeing how abysmal he was for the NYY, have absolutely -0- faith in the guy and if he managed to win 15+ games for the Fish (or anyone for that matter) probably still would have serious doubts.

        Chalk him up to one of those pitchers who has to also stay in the NL to have any chance of success as well IMHO, that “club” is getting very large at the moment.

        Will admit thought like you mentioned he vastly improved once his velocity improved some from the upper 80’s fb he was managing to throw earlier in the season. Amazing how much better the secondary stuff is when a guy like Vazquez can throw just 3-4mph harder isn’t it.

        Now maybe he can beat into Volstad’s head (Nolasco as well) how to concentrate on pitching when one does not have their best stuff in a game.

  7. plain_g 4 years ago

    if anyone here believes anything jeffrey loria has to say, i have a bunch of expos fans (myself included) who you should talk to.

    • Rabbethan 4 years ago

      Hasn’t lied to us yet. (He has this reputation as a liar but noone can ever come up with examples of him lying to Miami.)

  8. NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

    I think the Big Boys will be looking for teams that have already established their success. However, A-Ram and b-level free agents are in play for the Fish.

    • The Marlins established their success in 2003 in Yankee stadium at the hand of Josh Beckett…for the second time.

  9. The Marlins established their success in 2003 in Yankee stadium at the hand of Josh Beckett…for the second time.

  10. laurelbowie 4 years ago

    Anybody who thinks a big-name free agent wouldn’t sign with the Marlins if the money was offered is nuts. They have a new stadium and a flashy new manager whom a lot of guys — oddly enough — would love to play for. It’s going to be exciting in Fishtown next year. But again, it’s all about “show me the moolah.” 

  11. dominguez isn’t ready.  he has struggled with hitting since being called up.  they really need pitching and more pitching.  cj, josh, and look for more.  

  12. gkantor18 4 years ago

    Vasquez is retiring, regardless of whether the marlins want him back.

    As a mets fan, the prospect of the marlins having pujols/fielder with Stanton and Ramirez is quite scary

  13. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    38 PA and you’re declaring him unready? good thing boston didn’t do that after pedroia’s first year

    his numbers at AAA are not impressive, but he’s always been a glove-first prospect. i can see an argument for giving him the 3B job if he has a solid spring

  14. We are going to play to win next year, not develop new players.  Not the year for an experiment at third.  For once, we will not have to bring up a guy before he is ready. Marlins fans just aren’t used to that.

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