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RUMOR: Marlins chasing World Series champion’s big bat after Avisail Garcia signing

Derek Jeter, Avisail Garcia, Kyle Schwarber

The Miami Marlins made their first big splash of the offseason, signing slugger Avisail Garcia to a multi-year deal. As the MLB lockout begins, they’re still preparing for their next move.

According to Craig Mish of The Miami Herald, the Marlins are planning to make a run at 2016 World Series champion Kyle Schwarber, who split time with the Washington Nationals and Boston Red Sox in 2021.

Schwarber, who won a ring with the Cubs five years ago, had a pretty decent campaign last season, hitting .266 with 32 home runs and 71 RBI’s. He was a nice addition to the Red Sox at the deadline, helping them advance to the ALCS.

The Marlins are also keeping an eye on Nick Castellanos, but he’s likely too expensive for them, despite having Miami roots. As for Schwarber, he’ll be looking for around $60 million across three years, but it remains to be seen if Miami would be willing to pay that number for the former first-round pick.

Acquiring a starting outfielder is definitely a top priority for the Marlins, especially after bringing in Garcia to play center. Schwarber and Castellanos both play the corner outfield positions.

Another name that’s circled around the organization as a possible reinforcement is veteran Eddie Rosario, who became a postseason hero for the Atlanta Braves as they went on to win the World Series. His left-handed bat, experience, and formidable defense may come in handy.

In a nutshell, the Marlins will be doing everything imaginable to make sure their roster is a whole lot better once spring training rolls around. They almost hit the jackpot with Starling Marte, but he ultimately decided to take more money from the New York Mets.