Less than fifteen hours to go, and things are getting crazy.
Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post reports that the Marlins, yes, the Marlins, have made a bid for Alfonso Soriano. Apparently they have offered pitchers Yusmeiro Petit, Renyel Pinto, and Jason Vargas. That’s not a bad bounty, though it lacks a future star type guy.
I was surprised to discover this afternoon that the Marlins actually lead the NL in starter ERA. Scott Olsen’s been lights out since June 1st, one of the best in baseball. Dontrelle Willis has been a touch above average. Josh Johnson and Ricky Nolasco have far exceeded expectations.
The Fish are eighth in the NL in slugging, so Soriano would provide a nice boost. Where would they fit him in? Center field?
If the Marlins miraculously sneak into the playoffs, it’ll make a fantastic story. Remember back in December, when most people thought this would be a 100-loss team? I liked the front part of their lineup, but no one expected this kind of starting pitching.