The Miami Marlins had their eye on Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks since the beginning of winter, but never pulled the trigger. Instead, Miami went the cheaper route and signed Casey McGehee, who has not played in the major leagues in a year, his last stint being with the New York Yankees in 2012. McGehee hit 28 home runs and drove in 93 RBI in Japan and is a low-cost stop gap for the Marlins at this point.
However, according to the Boston Globe, the Marlins are still asking about Middlebrooks and have asked about him ‘a lot.’ The first question about the Marlins’ interest in Middlebrooks is in regards to where he would fit into the defensive alignment. Miami seems to be comfortable starting McGehee everyday since he is only 31 years old. He could move to first base and platoon with Garrett Jones, but that seems unlikely too.
Also, the asking price for Middlebrooks would be extremely high. He will turn 25 in September and in his second season with the Red Sox, he batted .227/.271/.425 with 17 home runs and 49 RBI. His potential is still sky rocketing. However, where he fits with Boston right now is unclear as well.
Xander Bogaerts is expected to shift to shortstop, allowing Middlebrooks to start at third. However, if Boston miraculously re-signs Stephen Drew, their defensive alignment changes once again.
If Miami wants to act, the time is now. However, Boston will unlikely accept anything less than Giancarlo Stanton, but the Marlins have already made it clear that the organization is not going to trade him.