LAS VEGAS – Jorge Cantu might not be on the only Marlin changing positions next season if the club decides to send him across the diamond to first base. The Marlins are strongly considering shifting Jeremy Hermida to left field and having Cody Ross play right.
One insider said there was a better than 50 percent chance that alignment change would be made in another step to improve the club defensively.
In his daily sit-down session with reporters at the winter meetings, Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest acknowledged that the defensive switch involving Hermida and Ross had been discussed internally.
The belief is that Ross can cover more range and get to balls quicker than Hermida, with one result being fewer runners taking the extra base – either from first to third or second to home -- on base hits.
Ross has played all three outfield positions, including 103 games in right field during his major league career. But Hermida has made only two prior starts in left, both coming during his rookie season in 2005.
With the fleet-footed Cameron Maybin expected to take over in center, the Marlins are hopeful their outfield defense will improve