Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Nobody wants to play for the Miami Marlins.
Well, except for Freddy Garcia and Bobby Abreu, of course.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has heard that there are actually several veteran free agents who are interested in taking their talents to South Beach, and he specifically name-drops Garcia and Abreu.
Why would two guys like them be interested in playing for the Marlins? Largely because both are Miami residents, and it sounds like neither of them are ready to hang up their spikes just yet.
The Marlins have roles that Garcia and Abreu could fill. Garcia could slide into a starting rotation that could use a veteran arm to mix with their young arms. He would be both an innings-eater and something of a mentor for the likes of Jacob Turner, Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez.
Abreu could fit as a reserve outfielder, and perhaps as a reserve first baseman as well. He's a shell of the hitter he used to be, but he still has good on-base skills (.361 OBP with the Dodgers in 2012) and some speed to burn on the basepaths. As such, he'd be a decent lefty pinch-hitting option.
Like with Garcia and the pitching staff, Abreu could also be a mentor for some of Miami's young hitters, namely Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison.
As for why the interest could be mutual, the Marlins need to throw both their players and their fans a bone by spending some money, yet neither Garcia nor Abreu would be expensive.
In all, Garcia and Abreu are very realistic targets for the Marlins.