Miami will “take a close look” at Cuban infielder Lourdes Gurriel, according to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball.
Heyman reported earlier this week that Gurriel had a workout earlier this month and is planning to have private workouts with about six major league clubs. The Marlins are one of the teams hosting a private workout, according to Heyman.
Gurriel became a free agent in August and will be able to sign with any major league club on Oct. 19.
Gurriel is thought to be one of the better international free agents known to be available. He batted .277 in more than 1,000 plate appearances in Cuba’s best professional league and batted .308 in 2014-2015.
Though Gurriel is currently projected to be a shortstop, Heyman notes he could also play third base or an outfield spot if necessary.
The Marlins tend not to be as aggressive as other clubs with regard to international free agents. However, their interest in Gurriel might suggest they plan to move on from Adeiny Hechavarria at shortstop in the coming months.