The Miami Marlins are obviously in a quandary at the second base position. Derek Dietrich, a top prospect in the organization, was supposed to be the second baseman of the team’s future and was supposed to beat out Donovan Solano for the spot by a large margin this season. However, Solano ended up the starter and it seems that the Marlins are not happy with the current situation at the position.
It has been reported that the Marlins are looking into signing free-agent second baseman Mark Ellis. Ellis is going to turn 37-years-old next summer and could be a nice veteran addition for the year but it could prolong the progression of both Solano and Dietrich. Miami is creating a bit of a cluster with its interest in Ellis and it will be interesting to see if the front office acts on their interests.
Ellis can provide a bit of leadership on the field that the Marlins are lacking. Placido Polanco and Juan Pierre were nice additions but they did not bring in the runs that Miami needed last season. Ellis has the potential to do that. He batted .270/.323/.351 last season in 126 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but the Dodgers moved on from him after signing Alexander Guerrero earlier in the fall.
If Miami signed Ellis, it would be a competition in the spring for second base between Dietrich and Solano. Dietrich could return to the Minors and Solano may get traded. An Ellis signing could mean a huge domino effect for some Marlins infielders.