Before Steve Pearce signed with the Blue Jays earlier this offseason, he was reportedly an option the Marlins were considering to platoon with Justin Bour at first base. However, since those talks, Miami hasn’t seemed as adamant about adding another right-handed hitter.
Mike Napoli was thought to be an option for the Marlins, but MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro “doesn’t sense the Marlins are interested in Napoli.”
Napoli, 35, would make sense for the Marlins because of his ties to South Florida and experience playing on winning teams. However, he might be seeking a multi-year deal, which the Marlins are not necessarily in the best position to give him.
Over 150 games with the Indians last season, Napoli batted .239/.335/.465 with 34 home runs and 101 RBIs.
Bour, who appeared in only 90 games last season as a result of an ankle injury that kept him sidelined, hit .233 against left-handed pitchers last season and is a career .223 hitter against lefties. Still, the Marlins might not be in a hurry to add another bat while searching for additional pitching depth.