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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
Though the James Shields sweepstakes is yet to really heat up this winter, the free agent right-hander is expected to land a contract north of $100 million, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal actually adds that two Major League executives say that Shields already has a five-year, $110 million offer in hand from an unknown team.
The Red Sox, Giants, Marlins and Diamondbacks are all among the teams that have shown interest in Shields at various times this offseason, though no club has been linked to anything concrete regarding the veteran righty. In fact, Rosenthal goes on to say that the Marlins and D-backs have both backed off in their pursuit of Shields recently, while the Red Sox and Giants are also longshots when it comes to making a play for Shields.
As for other potential landing spots, Rosenthal mentions the Yankees, Tigers and Angels as three teams looking to upgrade their rotation — but adds that none of those three clubs have been linked to Shields thus far.
Another thing working against Shields’ market is the fact that he rejected a qualifying offer from the Royals earlier this offseason, meaning a potential suitor would need to surrender a draft pick in order to sign him. The $100 million price tag, combined with the need to forfeit a draft pick, seems to be a steep price for any team to pay for a 33-year-old pitcher that has logged 1,910 innings over his nine-year career — including 200-plus frames in eight straight seasons.
Despite coming off a rocky postseason with the Royals, Shields could still give any club a durable option at the top of its rotation. Along with his eight straight seasons of working at least 200 innings, Shields went 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA this past season in helping the Royals reach the postseason for the first time since 1985.
– Paul Casella
Rafael Furcal’s chances to continue his Major League career have taken a hit. The veteran shortstop has suffered a torn hamstring and will miss the playoffs in the Dominican Winter League, according to a report by ESPN Deportes.
There had been minimal interest in Furcal from Major League clubs this offseason. The Phillies showed some interest after trading Jimmy Rollins, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, and MLB Trade Rumors speculated the Royals could be a potential fit.
Furcal, 37, was limited to nine games with the Marlins in 2014 because of a strained hamstring. He missed the entire 2013 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. His last full season was ’12, when he was an All-Star with the Cardinals and played 121 games.
Third baseman Chase Headley has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal with the Yankees, pending a physical, according to multiple industry reports.
Headley was reportedly choosing between the Yanks, Giants, Marlins and Astros this offseason, with New York and San Francisco long considered the two frontrunners. Headley certainly helps fill a need for the Yankees, as utility man Martin Prado is now free to play elsewhere and the club can focus on bringing back Alex Rodriguez as the designated hitter.
It’s been a disappointing offseason thus far for the Giants, meanwhile, as Headley becomes the club’s latest target to ultimately sign elsewhere. The Giants lost third baseman Pablo Sandoval to the Red Sox earlier this offseason, while marquee starter Jon Lester — the next name on San Francisco’s wish list — chose to sign with the Cubs last week.
– Paul Casella
Free agent third baseman Chase Headley is on the verge of making his decision, which could come as soon as Monday, according to WFAN’s Sweeny Murti. He was previously expected to reach a decision by the end of last week’s Winter Meetings, though he instead continued to field offers through the weekend.
The Yankees and Giants are believed to be strong favorites for landing Headley, while the Marlins and Astros have also expressed interest. He’s been believed to have a four-year, $65 million offer on the table for some time now, though it’s unclear which team extended that particular offer.
The 30-year-old third baseman posted a .243/.328/.372 batting line with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs over 135 combined games between the Padres and Yankees.
– Paul Casella
The White Sox and Marlins exchanged a pair of pitchers Thursday, with right-hander Andre Rienzo going to Miami and lefty reliever Dan Jennings heading to Chicago.
The 27-year-old Jennings is the latest in a line of moves — following the free-agent signings of Zach Duke and David Robertson — that fortifies Chicago’s bullpen. Last season, Jennings posted a 1.34 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 47 relief appearances, 38 of which were scoreless.
“We are pleased to add a pitcher like Dan to our restructured bullpen,” White Sox senior vice president and general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “He provides our bullpen with more depth and gives [manager Robin Ventura] another viable left-handed option.”
The 26-year-old Rienzo was 4-5 with a 6.82 ERA in 18 games (11 starts) for the White Sox last season. He has a 38-30 career Minor League record and 3.51 ERA over eight seasons in Chicago’s farm system.
The Marlins made another big move at the Winter Meetings on Thursday, acquiring right-hander Mat Latos from the Reds in exchange for right-hander Anthony DeSclafani and catching prospect Chad Wallach.
Latos has been dependable when healthy, but is coming off an injury-shortened season in which he made a career-low 16 starts due to right elbow and left knee issues. Still, he’s won 14 games in three of the last five years and pitched over 200 innings in both 2012 and ’13. The 27-year-old will be a free agent after next season.
It’s the second major trade in a many days for Miami. The club completed a seven-player blockbuster with the Dodgers on Wednesday which netted second baseman Dee Gordon, starter Dan Haren and shortstop Miguel Rojas.
As for the Reds, they moved their second starter of the day. The club previously traded Alfredo Simon to the Tigers for pitching prospect Jonathon Crawford, a first-round pick in the 2013 Draft, and infielder Eugenio Suarez.
DeSclafani, 24, made his Major League debut in 2014, appearing in 13 games (five starts) with Miami. He’s considered the Marlins’ No. 2 overall prospect, according to MLB.com.
Wallach, 23, was Miami’s fifth-round pick in the 2013 Draft. He’s the son of former All-Star and current Dodgers bench coach Tim Wallach.
Free agent shortstop Stephen Drew is drawing varying amounts of interest from at least 10 teams, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.
The list of teams that have tossed around the idea of signing Drew reportedly includes the Yankees, Mets, Astros, A’s, Braves, Padres, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Nationals and Marlins. The lack of shortstop depth on the free agent market this offseason has certainly played a part in the vast amount of interested teams.
Despite his struggles this past season, Drew is garnering significantly more interest this offseason than he did a year ago due to the fact that he is not tied to a compensatory draft pick this time around. He went unsigned last winter after rejecting a qualifying offer from the Red Sox before ultimately returning to Boston in late May.
– Paul Casella
The Red Sox have reportedly had talks with the Diamondbacks regarding left-hander Wade Miley, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. This lines up with a report from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale that the D-backs are attempting to trim their payroll to $90 million, in part by listening to offers for Miley.
Miley had his struggles this past season, going 8-12 with a 4.34 ERA over 33 starts. He’s only two years removed, however, from finishing second in National League Rookie of the Year voting after posting a 16-11 record to go with a 3.33 ERA in 2012.
Rosenthal mentions that, in addition to the Red Sox, Marlins and Rangers have also expressed interest in Miley, though neither team seems to yet be on the verge of making a deal for the lefty.
– Paul Casella
Two names near the top of the Marlins’ list when it comes to filling their void at first base are free agent Michael Morse and Colorado’s Justin Morneau, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.
The Marlins have made it a priority this offseason to find an upgrade at first base. They believe Morse could be the solution after the 32-year-old batted .279/.336/.475 to go along with 16 homers and 61 RBIs over 131 games this past season with the Giants.
That said, it won’t be easy for the Marlins to sign him. A number of other teams have expressed interest in Morse, including at least two American League teams in the Rangers and Orioles. The option of occassionally serving as a designated hitter may be something that appeals to Morse, given his injury history.
As for Morneau, it’s unclear whether or not the Marlins have even contacted the Rockies at this point, let alone what they’d offer in return.
– Paul Casella