The Marlins are not known for being too aggressive on the international front, but the club is scouting Cuban outfielder Yadiel Hernandez, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America.
Hernandez, 28, reportedly met with Marlins President Michael Hill at Marlins Park on Saturday.
Hernandez, a 28-year-old Cuban outfielder, had a private workout with the Marlins at Marlins Park on Saturday, with president of baseball operations Michael Hill among those in attendance.
Since he is exempt from international bonus pools, Hernandez will likely be an ideal fit for several clubs. Hernandez might be seeking a large deal and the Marlins don't appear to be in a position to give him one at this point. However, the organization could still consider the possibility of signing him.
Hernandez is a left-handed outfielder, which is something the Marlins hadn't fielded often until Christian Yelich made his major league debut. Still, Miami has Marcell Ozuna in center field and Giancarlo Stanton in right. Hernandez could prove to be valuable in a platoon role, and if he joins the Marlins, Ozuna could be valuable in a trade.
In his last season in Cuba, Hernandez batted .369/.509/.535 with 77 walks over 369 plate appearances. He also hit seven home runs, but Hernandez has proven to be more valuable as an on-base threat rather than a power hitter.
Badler notes Hernandez can play in left and right field, but the Marlins' outfield is currently crowded. However, Ozuna was mentioned in trade rumors last summer and could be moved if the Marlins are able to land Hernandez.
Colorado, Milwaukee and Arizona are all also interested in Hernandez, according to Badler.
Hernandez could opt to join a club where he will be guaranteed a starting job immediately. But the Marlins will likely remain interested since Hernandez has proven to be valuable.