Time to spend Bruce Sherman’s and Derek Jeter’s money! Entering the third year under new Marlins ownership, fans expect to see significant improvement at the major league level. Some of that improvement will surely come from within, but prospects—as they say—will break your heart. Successful MLB rebuilds make sure to surround their young cores with veterans who can bring credibility and reliable production. Free agent additions figure to be critically important to keeping the Fish on track.
To date, the largest investment that the Sherman/Jeter Marlins have made in any free agent was $5.25 million for Cuban outfielder Víctor Víctor Mesa. “Deep Sea Fishing” is a series of profiles on established, available players—all of them projected to cost more than Víctor Víctor—who should be seriously considered by the front office.
2019 team(s): Yankees
2019 salary: $11.75 million
2020 season age: 30
Marlins connection? Sort of. In the aftermath of Derek Jeter’s retirement, the Yankees acquired Gregorius to fill his shoes at shortstop. The Curacao native was quick to establish himself as an above-average regular at that position. Jeter is now the CEO of the Marlins. Other high-ranking Fish personnel Gary Denbo (VP, player development and scouting) and James Rowson (bench coach/offensive coordinator) previously worked as hitting instructors in the Yankees organization, coinciding with the beginning of Gregorius’ tenure. It is unclear whether either of them were directly involved with helping him during that critical time.
Why the Marlins should want him
Due to his five-year run with the prestigious Yankees franchise, Didi Gregorius is among the most recognizable players in the 2019-20 free agent class.