Sept 15, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Chicago White Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis (20) looks on after hitting a fly ball in the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The White Sox won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
The Miami Marlins plan to make the acquisition of a third baseman their top priority this winter, but Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports believes a weak hot corner market may force the club to get creative:
The Miami Marlins preliminary plan for 2013 is to keep Emilio Bonifacio in center field, play Donovan Solano at second and make the acquisition of a third baseman their top priority.
Rosenthal goes on to note that third basemen, in general, are "scarce." He doesn’t expect San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley or David Wright of the New York Mets to become available. This could leave current Chicago White Sox veteran Kevin Youkilis as the top free agent at the position.
Rosenthal does give Miami credit for being "quite creative," so he could see them moving Bonifacio back to third base and instead targeting an outfielder. Among the options available would be free agent-to-be B.J. Upton and his brother, current Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton.
How should the Marlins fill their void at third?