Marlins interested in Ichiro, Schierholtz
The Marlins have reportedly checked on veteran free agent Ichiro Suzuki as a potential fourth outfielder, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com adds that the club has also considered pursuing fellow free agent outfielder Nate Schierholtz.
Neither player would figure to crack Miami’s starting lineup, with Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton penciled in as the Marlins’ starting outfield trio. That said, the Marlins seem intent on finding a left-handed bat to serve as the club’s fourth outfielder, as well as an option off the bench.
The 41-year-old Suzuki posted a .284/.324/.340 batting line over 143 games for the Yankees this past season, while Schierholtz racked up an unsightly .195/.243/.309 line over 122 combined games between the Cubs and Nationals. The disappointing numbers for Schierholtz came just one season after he hit a career-best 21 homers to go along with a .251/.301/.470 batting line over 137 games with the Cubs in 2013.
— Paul Casella