The Miami Marlins made a good move on Tuesday by adding Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the lineup. Saltalamacchia is bringing a ring to the Marlins and is a pretty big upgrade over the possible options the team has at catcher. Rob Brantly still needs some seasoning before he gets into gear, and adding a big free agent like Saltalamacchia will give him time to get more reps in the minors or as a backup with Miami in spots that are not pressure-filled.
However, the Marlins’ offseason is far from finished. An upgrade at catcher is a good start, but the team still has some glaring holes to fill.
Third base is a position that the Marlins need to address. Right now, the projection is that the team will start the season with Greg Dobbs. Dobbs is not an everyday starter and will more than likely split time at the position with Ed Lucas. However, neither player is of the caliber to carry Miami to a division championship.
Miami could still look to add a third baseman in Juan Uribe, or go after Michael Young or Kevin Youkilis, both of whom are on the wrong side of 30. Justin Turner also rings a bell and was non-tendered by the New York Mets earlier in the week. All players may fit in nicely.
Miami could also look at another starting pitcher. Tom Koehler is not a strikingly secure option for the No. 5 spot on the team. Adding a veteran starter like Mike Pelfrey or Johan Santana could be an option if the team is willing to shell out some money. There are also high risk options such as Jair Jurrjens or Tommy Hanson.
There is still a lot to go, and it is not really expected Miami to be finished. However, you can never tell with this team.