The Marlins, reportedly still in the market for a right-handed hitter, are interested in free agent outfielder Jeff Francoeur, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.
Though the Marlins seem to also be discussing carrying an extra reliever, the club’s interest in Francoeur could reflect Miami’s questions with regard to Justin Bour’s ability to hit against left-handed pitchers. Bour has consistently hit in the mid-to-low .200s against lefties in his career, and Francoeur could emerge as a first base option.
Miami’s interest in Francoeur is notable, because he was on the club’s roster last season and hit .271 against left-handed pitchers in 2016. It’s unlikely Francoeur requests an extensive deal, though the Marlins will have to compete with the Braves, who also have interested in signing him, according to Heyman.
Francoeur, 33, hit .254/.297/.378 with seven home runs and 34 RBIs over 125 games with the Marlins and Braves last season. Francoeur is known as a plus player in the clubhouse and could earn a spot on Miami’s bench if the club adds him.