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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: SIGNING OF CAMERON MAYBIN COMPLICATES THINGS FOR LEWIS BRINSON

The Miami Marlins have made it an art form to tick off their fans this offseason as they set forth on a massive rebuilding effort that included trading away second baseman Dee Gordon, and outfielders Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, and Marcell Ozuna.  They stepped things up on Wednesday by actually annoying their fans by SIGNING someone when they came to terms with 30-year-old journeyman outfielder Cameron Maybin.  The reason Maybin's arrival figure to cause some more agita to the Miami fans is his presence may now give the team reason to send top outfield prospect Lewis Brinson to the minor leagues to begin the year and gain some more seasoning.  Maybin is nothing but a placeholder on a one-year deal but the Marlins could very well option Brinson to save some long-term money instead.  Now as far as Maybin is concerned, this is his second go-round with the Marlins as he was once part of the Dontrelle Willis trade and he has made stops in Detroit (twice), in Los Angeles with the Angels, San Diego, and Atlanta.  Through it all, he has been a poor average hitter whose best asset has been stealing bases.  Maybin actually did the latter at a high rate in 2017 as he swiped 33 bags and hit 10 home runs but batted just .228.  The same scenario should be in play again this season and so those who use five starting outfielders can have some use for Maybin.  Ultimately though, his arrival in Miami is more annoying than a positive. 


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