Chances are, the Miami Marlins are not going to spend much in free agency. However, they might need to make an exception for Jose Abreu.
Jesus Aguilar had been the Marlins’ primary first baseman, but that ended when he was released at the end of August. Lewan Diaz had solid minor league numbers but has done absolutely nothing at the major league level. The Marlins desperately need to find something that is close to competent at the position.
Abreu could be the proven run producer they need. He has a track record as being the type of power hitter they need, having hit at least 30 homers five times. Although he had just 17 homers last season, Abreu still posted an excellent .304/.378/.446 batting line with 40 doubles in his 679 plate appearances.
He would also make a difference off the diamond as well. The Marlins have wanted to connect with the Cuban population in southern Florida. Bringing in Abreu, an All Star and former MVP who defected from Cuba to come to the majors, would not only help build those bridges but could also help a cash starved franchise generate some revenue.
The Miami Marlins need a proven run producer and a drastic upgrade at first base. Jose Abreu will be expensive but he would be exactly the piece they need.