June 22, 2021

Give the Miami Marlins Credit: They’re Trying (Baseball Essential)

Give the Miami Marlins credit: they’re trying.

The Marlins have been active this offseason, when it concerns adding established talent to their big-league roster. They’ve acquired infielders Jonathan Villar and Jesus Aguilar and signed outfielder Corey Dickerson (two-year, $17.5 million deal) and catcher Francisco Cervelli (one-year, $2 million deal).

Villar quietly put together a encouraging 2019 campaign with the Baltimore Orioles. Hitting .274 while totaling a career-high 176 hits, 24 home runs, and 73 RBIs across 162 games, Villar was a steady force at the top of the Orioles lineup. He has a level, contact swing and is a savvy, extra-base hitter. Last season was arguably the best offensive season of his big-league career.

Meanwhile, Villar possesses defensive versatility, as he consistently plays second base and shortstop and has made appearances at the hot corner.

Aguilar is coming off a turbulent season split between the Milwaukee Brewers and Tampa Bay Rays. At the same time, he’s a year removed from a monster season as the Brewers starting first baseman, where he posted an .890 OPS and totaled 35 home runs and 108 RBIs. He swings a power bat and could be a force in…

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