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Miami Marlins rumors: Right-handed bats being considered

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Jeff Francoeur could be an option for the Marlins.

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The Marlins are interested in adding a right-handed bat to their lineup, and Jeff Francoeur is among the hitters being considered, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

Miami has been seeking starting pitching since the start of the off-season, but the club has not been notably active with regard to improving its lineup. The Marlins signed Edwin Jackson last week and are likely still considering other pitching options. However, adding another bat or two could be realistic before the start of spring training.

After Jose Fernandez's name was mentioned in trade rumors, the possibility of the Marlins trading Marcell Ozuna for a top starting pitcher has been discussed. However, the Marlins do not have a notable amount of outfield depth, and Barry Bonds and Don Mattingly reportedly believe they can turn Ozuna into a 30/30 player.

While the Marlins could add a right-handed bat and keep Ozuna on the roster, their interest in adding another hitter might mean an Ozuna trade is at least being considered. If Ozuna is moved, the Marlins are reportedly planning on having Derek Dietrich platoon with a right-handed hitter in left field with Christian Yelich moving to center field. The right-handed hitters being considered could help replace Ozuna.

Miami has expressed interest in Francoeur in the past, and as Heyman notes, he would likely be a valuable addition to a young clubhouse. Over 119 games with the Phillies last season, Francoeur batted .258/.286/.433 to complement 13 home runs and 45 RBIs.

Francoeur, 32, batted .248 against lefties last season but would still likely be valuable in a platoon role and as a pinch hitter late in games. Francoeur is a career .280 hitter against left-handed pitchers.

Although the focus has been on pitching, the Marlins could upgrade their lineup and bench in the coming days. Whether a potential addition means Ozuna will soon be moved remains to be seen.