Miami is seeking depth and could consider Steve Pearce, Chris Coghlan or Emilio Bonifacio this offseason, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.
The Marlins acquired Jeff Francoeur in a late waiver wire trade, but he is a free agent and wants to join a contending club, according to Frisaro. His departure would leave Miami with a notable lack of outfield depth.
Though Coghlan and Bonifacio both have experience with Miami, Pearce would be an intriguing option for the Marlins. This isn’t the first time Miami has expressed interest in Pearce, either, per Frisaro.
Pearce, 33, had a productive season with both the Rays and Orioles in 2016, batting .288/.374/.492 with 13 home runs and 35 RBIs. He struggled over 25 games with the Orioles, though, batting .217 with three home runs.
Pearce can play in the outfield and is a first base option, which might make him an ideal candidate for the Marlins. Justin Bour will likely receive the majority of the starting time at first base, but a platoon situation could prove to be beneficial.
While the Marlins seem to be confident in their core, outfielder Marcell Ozuna might be dealt for starting pitching this winter. Ozuna has been the subject of trade rumors before and is entering his first season of arbitration eligibility.
If the Marlins move Ozuna, they will likely be forced to sign an outfielder as a result of limited depth. Pearce seems to be an option.
As the Winter Meetings approach, the Marlins have rightfully emphasized starting pitching. However, adding an outfield and general depth appears to be on the club’s agenda.