Michael Conforto is a target for the marlins

Michael Conforto is a target for the marlins

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  • The Marlins, on the other hand, may not be through bolstering their outfield. They’ve been linked to any centre fielder who could be available for trade, but they’re also looking at other corner outfielders with the thought of Garcia playing centre. Michael Conforto is one of those outfielders, and the Marlins are allegedly in talks with his agent.

  • The Miami Marlins have been open about their goals for the next season. They wanted to improve their lineup as much as possible, particularly in the outfield. They’ve already added Avisail Garcia to their roster, signing him to a four-year contract.

Miami Marlins showing interest in Michael Conforto

But Conforto struggled last season. Perhaps the pressure of his impending free agency was too much as he struggled to a .232/.344/.384 batting line in his 479 plate appearances, hitting 14 homers and 20 doubles. Those struggles have made Conforto one of the more difficult free agents to determine a value for.

There was a time that Conforto would have seemed to be the piece that the Marlins needed. From 2017 through 2020, he posted a .265/.369/.495 batting line with 97 homers and 86 doubles in his 1959 plate appearances. That production would make him another middle of the order bat for a team that is desperately in need of help.

However, there is reason to think that Conforto will get back to his previous form. He had a horrific start to the 2021 season, but produced a .252/.347/.445 batting line with 11 homers and 13 doubles in his 274 plate appearances after the All Star Break. While that is not quite what he had produced in the previous four years, it is not that far off from his previous production.

At this point, adding a center fielder would seem to be a far bigger need. The Marlins need someone who is capable defensively at the position, especially as Garcia has cost his teams ten runs in just 90 games at the position. However, improving the lineup, regardless of any possible defensive issues, may be considered more important.

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