Miami is seeking third base depth as a result of Martin Prado’s injury, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, and could consider free agent Brett Lawrie, who might not be healthy enough to sign at this point in spring training.
Prado injured his hamstring in a World Baseball Classic contest last week, and after being diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain, it’s all but certain he won’t be healthy in time for Opening Day. The Marlins have internal options in Derek Dietrich and Miguel Rojas, but Lawrie could be a candidate if Prado’s injury keeps him sidelined for an extended period of time.
Lawrie is “rehabbing a lower-body injury,” according to Cafardo, but he could be healthy in the coming weeks. He is also capable of playing second base, which might be valuable when Dee Gordon needs a day off.
Over 94 games with the White Sox last season, Lawrie hit .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs. At the very least, it’s something for the Marlins to think about.