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

Bobby Abreu

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Bobby Abreu watches his double during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Saturday, May 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


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.”