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07:30 AM ET 12.18 | Who's on third? "We are looking at third basemen via trades, and we are still talking to free agents," [Miami president of baseball operations Michael Hill] said. "Until we find the right fit for us, that search will be ongoing." Underline "right fit." Finding a fit has been a challenge. With Uribe off the board, the free-agent market is thinning. Eric Chavez is available, but there are no indications Miami is making a strong push for the veteran. It's doubtful Miami would bring back Placido Polanco. ... [Trade] candidates could include Will Middlebrooks of the Red Sox, Danny Valencia of the Orioles and Mike Olt of the Cubs. Sean Rodriguez of the Rays also would fit the mold as a versatile player who could fill several roles. Miami has starting pitching depth to dangle as trade chips.

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December 18, 2013  08:29 AM ET
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I heard A Rod is available. He could be had cheap!

I hear this A Rod kid is the real deal. The Marlins should jump at this chance!

December 18, 2013  08:53 AM ET

DBacks would also be a strong candidate as trading partners with the Fish with their abundance of young infielders they have on their roster as well in their farm system.

December 18, 2013  09:46 AM ET

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say we need slightly more than just a 3B.

December 18, 2013  09:46 AM ET

Cubs will not trade Mike Olt. Who writes this stuff?

December 18, 2013  10:47 AM ET
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I heard A Rod is available. He could be had cheap!

same thing when Omar infante was available,but oh yeah i forgot,the marlins don't get along with Infante,plus the team lacks in cash availability!!

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December 18, 2013  09:48 PM ET
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I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say we need slightly more than just a 3B.

Got to start somewhere, though...

December 19, 2013  01:16 AM ET
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I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say we need slightly more than just a 3B.

Third base is by far the Marlins' biggest weak spot, has been for years. Especially now that they've added some help at catcher and first base.

Never should've traded Mike Lowell. Been bad karma at 3B ever since.

December 19, 2013  01:20 AM ET
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Cubs will not trade Mike Olt. Who writes this stuff?

I don't think the Marlins would even look to acquire Olt, since Colin Moran is considered the 3B of the future. They just need someone to fill in until Moran is ready, whenever that may be.

Anyway trading for a quasi-prospect like Olt wouldn't make a whole lot of sense, particularly since Chicago's price would probably be fairly steep considering they just acquired Olt via trade a few weeks ago.

December 19, 2013  01:31 AM ET
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same thing when Omar infante was available,but oh yeah i forgot,the marlins don't get along with Infante,plus the team lacks in cash availability!!

Hehe, nice terminology - cash availability.

Just as you insinuated the owner has plenty of cash, he just doesn't make it available for Miami's budget.

Which might mot be such a bad thing right now considering the moves Miami made last time cash was made available. I mean Jose Reyes, Mark Buerhle, Heath Bell, and John Buck weren't exactly what we thought they were, in hindsight.

I'm on board with the youth movement. Time to rebuild this team the long way. And it might pay off sooner than anticipated, anyway, because the Marlins already have a handful of key pieces in place. Guys like Stanton and Fernandez are obvious but beyond them there are a number of prospects on the way, guys like Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna in the outfield and maybe Jake Marisnick, Colin Moran at 3B, etc. Plus Salty should be a significant upgrade at catcher right off the bat.

They also have some nice pitching prospects in Andrew Heaney and Justin Nicolino, and most of their returning rotation is still in the part of their careers where theoretically you would hope to see annual improvement.

December 19, 2013  01:33 AM ET
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Yeah, but I remember this time last year when everyone - literally, everyone - was bashing the Marlins for trading away a bunch of turds to Toronto.Then, those same turds finished last again with the Jays.The Marlins actually have a lot of good young talent, especially pitching. The future could be bright, if fans would actually come to games.

Absolutely.

Everyone thinks Miami is the pits right now but it wouldn't be shocking if they were a .500 team next year, which would be a significant improvement in a very short time.

 
December 19, 2013  04:16 AM ET
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I don't think the Marlins would even look to acquire Olt, since Colin Moran is considered the 3B of the future. They just need someone to fill in until Moran is ready, whenever that may be.Anyway trading for a quasi-prospect like Olt wouldn't make a whole lot of sense, particularly since Chicago's price would probably be fairly steep considering they just acquired Olt via trade a few weeks ago.

Speaking of stop gap third basemen, turns out all.of this is irrelevant because apparently the Marlins have signed Casey Mcgehee to be their starting third baseman.

One year deal. Guess they're hoping Moran develops quickly.

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