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Bobby Abreu, Freddy Garcia would love to play for the Marlins

Jan 21, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

Bobby Abreu AP

Back in the late 90s and early 2000s, Billy Beane identified slow, defensively-challenged sluggers to take advantage of an inefficiency in the player market. I’m assuming this news means that aging, almost-shot veterans view the Miami Marlins as the new inefficiency in the employer market:

The Marlins are hearing from agents from several older veteran free agents who “would love to play here,” the latest including Miami residents Freddy Garcia (7-6 for the Yankees in 2012) and outfielder Bobby Abreu (.242, 24 RBI for the Dodgers).

This is troublesome. Even casual fans have heard of Garcia and Abreu. Which makes it difficult for Marlins fans to reenact the early fans-reading-the-newspaper montage from “Major League.”

  1. pisano - Jan 21, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    I’ll bet, heck they’d love to play for anyone!

    • kopy - Jan 21, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      No kidding. I’d love to play for the Marlins too!

  2. heyblueyoustink - Jan 21, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Hell, why don’t they just bring back Kevin Brown and Charlie Hough if this is the case.

    • deepstblu - Jan 21, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      With Polanco already on the roster, they could go for a burnt-out ex-Phillies theme if they signed these guys. Anybody got Roy Oswalt’s number?

  3. mamsy2000 - Jan 21, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    I bet old Charlie can still go.

  4. greymares - Jan 21, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    give old gator a shot. lol.

    • henryd3rd - Jan 21, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      Old Gator could never work for Jeffrey Loria. Neither could anyone with a who has a conscience or dignity. His step-son Sampson is the right guy got that job.

    • foreverchipper10 - Jan 21, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      I hope you are implying liquor here because after reading this news I am sure he could use one…..or two.

  5. bobwsc - Jan 21, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    and that makes two total

  6. jaycutlerslagunabeach - Jan 21, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Marlins 2013 line up:
    1.) Huey Lewis
    2.) The News
    3.)Jimmy Buffett
    4.) Don Johnson
    5.) Bobby Abreau
    6.) Tanaka
    7.) Tom Selek’s Mustache
    8.) Tim Tebow
    9.) Freddy Garcia

    It could work

  7. jimmymarlinsfan - Jan 21, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    I have obvious bias here, but I bet the fish aren’t half as bad as most everyone is projecting. They finally have players that fit in with the pitching and defense mold ownership has been talking about for more a decade now.

    • snowbirdgothic - Jan 21, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      Unfortunately, there’s still that whole “offense” thing they seem to have forgotten about.

  8. cackalackyank - Jan 21, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Well, I guess somebody has to play there, but to carry the Major League theme forward…”They still suck”

  9. gloccamorra - Jan 22, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Well, I’m sure Marlins brain trust will identify any possible holes they have and duly consider available seasoned veterans to add experience and structure to a young, building team, especially if they work cheap and understand that if they perform, they’ll be traded in July.

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