Marlins checking in on Navarro, Hughes
MIAMI — The Marlins are in the market for low-risk, potentially high-reward players.
A couple of veterans are on their radar. The Miami Herald reports the Marlins have inquired about catcher Dioner Navarro and right-hander Phil Hughes.
The Marlins are in the market for catching depth, targetting an impact bat to split time with Jeff Mathis.
Navarro, 29, batted .300 with 13 homers in 89 games for the Cubs last season.
Hughes, 27, is coming off a 4-14 season with a 5.19 ERA with the Yankees.
The Marlins have a talented, young rotation led by ace Jose Fernandez. But they don’t have an experienced veteran in the group. Ricky Nolasco and Kevin Slowey filled a leadership role among the starters in the first half of ’13. But Nolasco was traded to the Dodgers in early July, and Slowey’s season was cut short due to an injury.
— Joe Frisaro