Two free-agents on the Marlins watch list have found a home elsewhere.
Two sources within the Chicago organization confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Erstad agreed to terms with the club pending a physical to be conducted later in the week.
Also, the Phillies are going to roll the dice with Alfonseca.
Alfonseca agreed to the major league minimum of $380,000, and if he appears on the regular-season roster, his base salary will be increased to $700,000.
Personally, this doesn't bother me in the least. If either or both would have been in camp for spring training, fine. But the way I see the upcoming season is that it will still be an evaluation year for the kids. And I would rather see what the kids can do, and they can be surprising at times both good and bad, instead of adding veterans way past their prime's who would present a logjam into evaluating how the younger ones can perform in the majors.