3 Realistic Moves Miami Marlins Should Consider

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3 Realistic Moves Miami Marlins Should Consider
Placido Polanco, left, and Jeff Mathis played third base and catcher, respectively, for the Marlins in 2013. The Marlins could replace them as they seek to improve their abysmal offense.

Days before another disappointing season ended, Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria knew his team needed hitters if the Marlins were going to improve in 2014.

When Loria told Marlins special assistant Andre Dawson about this, Dawson told him the three priorities where Loria needs to acquire bats are at third base, first base and catcher. 

“You are in dire need of offense, and it’s going to cost money,” Dawson, the 1987 National League Most Valuable Player and Hall of Fame inductee, told the Miami Herald. “You have to spend to win, and you might have to overpay.… Jeffrey said on the last homestead that we have to get hitters in here and he’s going to.”

Well, last season's payroll was around $37 million, so if Loria plans to bring in some players with heavy lumber, payroll will have to increase. Now, we're not expecting Loria to break the bank, but we do expect more impact signings than, say, inking Placido Polanco to a $2.75 million contract. After all, Loria can sign anyone he wants, including you and I to minor league deals. 

But who can Loria find at those three positions Dawson pointed out? And how much will it cost? And even if Loria finds the right player within his currently unknown 2014 budget, would that free agent even want to play for Loria?

Let's delve in and see what's available at those positions, in terms of most needed, and what realistic move the Marlins could make to acquire the bat they need.

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