Miami Marlins: Three low-cost free agents to target

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JULY 21: Miguel Rojas #19 of the Miami Marlins reacts with manager Don Mattingly #8 after hitting a solo homer in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves during an exhibition game at Truist Park on July 21, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JULY 21: Miguel Rojas #19 of the Miami Marlins reacts with manager Don Mattingly #8 after hitting a solo homer in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves during an exhibition game at Truist Park on July 21, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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The Miami Marlins are expected to add more relievers to the mix.

Last year’s closer Brandon Kintzler now finds himself on the free agent market, and while the Miami Marlins and Kintzler have expressed interest in a reunion, nothing appears imminent on that front at the moment.

According to Marlins beat writer Craig Mish, the Marlins are active in the reliever market and could end up bringing in someone new soon, but it won’t be any of the names at the top of the market. That doesn’t mean there isn’t still good value on the market.

He may not be an arm the Marlins slot into the closer’s role, but LHP Jake McGee could a solid, cheaper option for Miami.

McGee, 34, went 3-1 with a 2.66 ERA and 1.67 FIP in 24 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. He struck out an absurd 41.8% of hitters and walked a career-low 3.8% while limiting opponents to a .184 average across 20+ innings.

It was a pleasant bounce-back season for McGee, who was worth 0.7 Wins Above Replacement out of the bullpen, this after posting a combined -0.5 fWAR over his final two seasons with the Colorado Rockies in 2018-19.

Tony Watson and Chasen Shreve are two other intriguing left-handed bullpen options, with Sean Doolittle also available as a reclamation project, but after Brad Hand, there just isn’t much in terms of left-handed options via free agency.