Marlins not strongly interested in Fielder

MIAMI — Prince Fielder, the highest-profile free agent remaining on the market, is once again being linked to the Marlins.

According to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post, Miami owner Jeffrey Loria had a discussion with Scott Boras, Fielder’s agent, Wednesday night at the owner’s meetings in Arizona.

The Nationals, the Post reports, are “patiently and aggressively” pursuing Fielder.

As for the Marlins, the fact that Loria and Boras spoke is not that unusual considering they are both in Arizona. Because the team never says never, it’s natural for them to get a feel for what Fielder is seeking. But that doesn’t mean the club is making a strong push for the power hitting first baseman.

In fact, there are strong indications from within the organization that they are not aggressively pursuing Fielder.

Their more realistic free agent target remains Yoenis Cespedes, who is expected to gain his temporary residency in the Dominican Republic within the next few days. Once that happens, the outfielder should be granted free agent status.

Joe Frisaro

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