MLB Rumors: Two Veterans Ready To Join Miami Marlins?

By Ryan Gaydos
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The Miami Marlins are looking to add more players to a very young team. The late-season additions are sure to include the utility men that are still left on the free agent market that nobody has really heard about. For example, the Marlins signed Matt Downs to a minor league contract last week. Now the Marlins are trying to find players that want to come to Miami, and it looks like the organization has found at least two that fit the bill.

Outfielder Bobby Abreu and right-handed pitcher Freddy Garcia reportedly “would love to play” in Miami. It seems like the Marlins are trying to take some kind of stand on their team by going after these veterans that are not aging like a fine wine or scotch.

It does not make sense that Abreu would come to Miami. Abreu is 38-years old and will turn 39 in March. He is not an everyday outfielder any more by any means, and would probably be better suited for the American League as a designated hitter. He played in 100 games last season, splitting time between the two Los Angeles teams. He only had 53 hits in 219 at-bats, and Miami signing him would not make sense.

Miami could sign Garcia to add to the depth of the rotation. Ricky Nolasco and Wade LeBlanc are the only true veterans on the team surrounded by a group of youngsters. Garcia could replace Nathan Eovaldi or Henderson Alvarez – two unproven young starters in the big leagues – in the rotation.

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