The Miami Marlins have had a busy start to December, but they have more work to do. After adding Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Rafael Furcal, the Marlins are close to securing a deal with Garrett Jones to play first base. There’s a giant hole at third base though, and there’s a man out there who can not only fill that role, but other roles as well. Michael Young, a long time Major Leaguer, is currently sitting on the free agent market looking for a new home, and his new address should be Marlins Park.
In his 14 years in the MLB, Young is a career .300 hitter with a .346 on-base percentage. Consistency would be his middle name if it wasn’t actually Brian and he brings a lot to the table, even at the advanced age of 37. Young can play every infield position, and can even provide a little pop with the bat. Though his days of hitting 20 plus home runs in a year are behind him, it’s possible that Young can put about 10 over the fence. That’d be a nice improvement over what the Marlins saw at third base in 2013 when Placido Polanco did his best Emilio Bonifacio impersonation with one home run.
The thing about Young is that he could not only be the Marlins’ regular third baseman, but he could also be a platoon partner for Jones at first base. Jones struggles against lefties, while Young hit over .300 against left-handed starters in 2013 while splitting time with the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers. Young could also back up Furcal at second base, which could come in handy considering Furcal’s injury proneness and his less than stellar resume at second base. As a couple of bonuses, Young could even back up Adeiny Hachavarria at shortstop on occasion, or just come off the bench as a right-handed bat in a late game spot. He could stay in games on double switches and move all around the infield to give manager Mike Redmond endless ideas.
When considering all of the above, along with the fact that he’s unlikely to command a big contract, Young almost makes too much sense for the Marlins; it’d be a terrible mistake for the team to miss the opportunity that Young presents. The Marlins should make signing Young one of their top priorities before he gets away.