At this point of the offseason, it is not expected of the Miami Marlins to go out and sign or trade for any big free agents. However, the Marlins are looking at options for the third base position. Miami used Ed Lucas, Greg Dobbs and Placido Polanco at the position last season but will definitely need some kind of upgrade over the three.
Mat Gamel may not be an upgrade per se, but the Marlins could use him and will potentially do better than who they have in Dobbs and Lucas right now. Gamel is a former top prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers prospect organization but never really panned out. He was non-tendered by the Chicago Cubs last week and is a free agent. Gamel is .229/.305/.367 lifetime batter who has six home runs and 29 RBI under his belt. He’s never batted over .250 in any of his five major-league seasons.
What Miami needs right now is a stop-gap third baseman to provide the team solid years at the hot corner in order to give time for Colin Moran to progress in the Minor Leagues before he is called upon to help lead the Marlins in the future. Gamel may be option is he is able to split time with Lucas or Dobbs. Lucas could be ready to platoon with Gamel at the position if Gamel is signed but for right now, it is projected that Dobbs will be the starting third baseman in April.
Miami has a few more days left in Orlando to make a move, but it would not be shocking if the position does not get filled until the tail end of the offseason.