In-house options or international signings?
WASHINGTON — Like all teams, the Marlins are scouting and evaluating top talent in Latin America.
A couple of Cuban players have attracted Miami’s interest. Outfielder Yasmany Tomas worked out for representatives from all 30 MLB teams last Sunday in the Dominican Republic. Miami has also looked at second baseman Hector Olivera.
Both players are impressive. Yet, neither may fit into the Marlins plans, or budget.
First, Tomas. The 23-year-old is being called the next Cuban sensation. His asking price is expected to top $72 million, and the market indictates he will get perhaps $80 million.
Tomas is considered a solid, big league regular corner outfielder. Putting that kind of money towards an outfielder when the Marlins already have what they believe is the best outfield trio in the National League doesn’t make much sense.
Miami already has Christian Yelich in left, Marcell Ozuna in center, and Giancarlo Stanton in right. The club may look to sign all three to extensions this offseason.
So Tomas isn’t a fit.
Olivera is a less-heralded, more affordable option. But he also will turn 30 in April, and there are still questions to whether he is a big league regular or not.
That being the case, internal options like Donovan Solano and Enrique Hernandez appear to make more sense, rather than spend dollars on a player about to turn 30.
— Joe Frisaro