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In wake of 2 deals, Marlins seek further upgrade for offense


In wake of two offers, Marlins search additional improve for offense

MIAMI (AP) – The Miami Marlins will search so as to add additional pop to their lineup this offseason after buying slugging first baseman Jesús Aguilar and the versatile Jonathan Villar, who might be used primarily at third base and within the outfield.

“We improved our offense, but we had a long way to go,” president of baseball operations Michael Hill mentioned Tuesday. “So we’re still exploring opportunities to improve our offense.”

The Marlins acquired Villar on Monday from the Baltimore Orioles for minor league left-hander Easton Lucas and claimed Aguilar off waivers after he was designated for project final week by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Adding bats was the first purpose at the beginning of the offseason after the Marlins completed final within the National League in runs and homers.

They are also purchasing for bullpen assist, together with a more in-depth. Starting pitching isn’t a precedence as a result of younger arms are the group’s power.



“We believe in the starting pitching depth we currently have,” Hill mentioned. “We think this is championship-elite starting pitching. We’re definitely happy with the quality and quantity.”

Versatility ought to be a powerful swimsuit of the on a regular basis lineup. Villar joins a roster that features Brian Anderson, Garrett Cooper and Jon Berti, all of whom can play each the infield and outfield.

Villar has performed 54 video games at third and 13 within the outfield. He’s additionally an choice at shortstop (385 video games) and second base (333).

“He’s incredibly versatile and athletic,” Hill mentioned.

Villar batted .274 with 33 doubles, 24 dwelling runs, 73 RBIs and 40 stolen bases in 162 video games for Baltimore in 2019.

Aguilar was an All-Star for Milwaukee in 2018, when he had 35 dwelling runs. This 12 months he had 12 homers and 50 RBIs for the Brewers and Rays.

In one other transfer Monday, the Marlins designated hard-throwing reliever Tayron Guerrero for project. He gave up 36 walks in 46 innings this 12 months and had an ERA of 6.26.

“For a number of our young relievers, they need to get better and throw more strikes,” Hill mentioned. “As we win more games and compete for championships, guys are going to have to command the strike zone. Guys given an opportunity have to take advantage. If they aren’t able to take advantage of that opportunity, we’ll find someone who is.”

The Marlins look to be extra aggressive subsequent 12 months after going 57-105 in 2019, their 10th consecutive dropping season.

“Monday was just the first step in making additions to this club and putting ourselves in position to have a successful 2020 season,” Hill mentioned.

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