Marlins weighing offers on Infante
ATLANTA — Omar Infante has played a Gold Glove-caliber second base for the Marlins. But will the veteran complete the season with the club?
In recent weeks, Marlins’ scouts have floated Infante’s name out to other teams, according to a National League source.
MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reported the Braves have had discussions with the Marlins for Infante, who will be a free agent after the year.
A source on Sunday confirmed a deal with Atlanta is possible before Sunday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline. As of late Sunday morning, a second source added that a number of teams called regarding Infante, but nothing was close.
The Marlins acquired Infante from the Braves as part of the Dan Uggla trade last November.
Along with weighing trade options for Infante, the Marlins also have been considering whether to sign the veteran for 2012 and perhaps beyond because he has been so good defensively.
If the Marlins do move Infante, Emilio Bonifacio — who has been at third base — is the likely candidate to play second base.
The Marlins also are considering the future of Chris Coghlan, who recently hyper-extended his right elbow while on rehab assignment. Coghlan opened the season as the starting center fielder, but he has dealt with left knee and right shoulder issues. He has been on the disabled list since June.
A converted infielder, Coghlan has played second and third base in the Minor Leagues. In the big leagues, Coghlan projects more to play third base than second.
– Joe Frisaro