Kendrys Morales and Eric Chavez Can Fill Miami Marlins’ Corner Infield Vacancies
The Miami Marlins have a first baseman in Logan Morrison, but his job is far from secure. On the opposite corner, the Marlins’ third base looks like a lottery ticket.
A Cuban and a Mexican can fill the void, as Marlins marketing director Juan Martinez acknowledged it on Wednesday. The Cuban Kendry Morales became a free agent after denying the Seattle Mariners’ offer of $14.1 million. Morales has always played in the AL West. Morales had his best year in 2009 when he belted 34 HRs, 108 RBIs and hit for .306 with the Los Angeles Angels. He is a switch-hitter.
Cubans loved him when he played for the Industriales team in Havana, Cuba. He already has his fans in Little Havana. Morales is a solid hitter looking for a multi-year contract. He is 30-years old and is trying to reestablish his career since he got injured in 2010 celebrating at home plate after a walk-off win. The Marlins’ youth and hot weather can re-energize his career.
The Mexican Eric Chavez could be the immediate solution for third base. His years with the Oakland Athletics are over, but yet he has hit .280 in the last two years. His slugging percentage has been above 490 in the last two seasons, plus he is an excellent third base defender with six Gold Gloves. The Marlins have loved Mexican players in the past such as Jorge Cantu and Alfredo Amezaga. Chavez has the experience that the Marlins’ core needs.
J. S. Cruz is a Miami Marlins writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Facebook.