UPDATE (12:00 p.m. ET)
Fun thought exercise while it lasted! A few hours after publication, Grandal finalized a four-year, $73 million contract with the White Sox.
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): Brewers
2019 salary: $16 million
2020 season age: 31
Marlins connection? Yasmani Grandal went to Miami Springs High School, played college baseball for the Miami…