Free-agent outfielder Kyle Schwarber is seeking a three-year, $60 million deal, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Prior to the lockout, the Marlins were considering contracts with both Schwarber and Nick Castellanos, but finally settled on a four-year, $53 million deal with Avisail Garcia. Before signing with the Mets, Miami offered Starling Marte a four-year, $60 million deal, according to Jackson.
However, the market for Schwarber remains strong, as several clubs throughout the league are in need of corner outfield assistance. The Red Sox, his most recent team, may be a less natural match for Schwarber now that Jackie Bradley Jr. has been re-acquired, making the lineup even more left-leaning, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. Jen McCaffrey of the Athletic questions if Schwarber’s left-handedness is really a concern.
There are a slew of free agents capable of filling in for Schwarber and Castellanos on the outfield corner. Kris Bryant is the most well-known of the group, but his best suitors are likely to admire his glovework in the hot corner. Jorge Soler, Joc Pederson, and Eddie Rosario are still available for the World Series. The other major name left on the market is Michael Conforto, although he has a qualifying offer attached, which might influence his value.
Some of the more appealing choices with recent starting experience are Brett Gardner, Andrew McCutchen, Tommy Pham, Brian Goodwin, Alex Dickerson, and Corey Dickerson. Ender Inciarte, Roman Quinn, Kevin Pillar, and Jake Marisnick are all possible specialists. Niko Goodrum, Josh Harrison, Marwin Gonzalez, Danny Santana, and Brad Miller are among the many multi-positional utility guys available.