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ORLANDO — At a quick glance, the Cardinals might seem to be a perfect landing spot for Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla. St. Louis is looking to upgrade its offense, particularly in the middle infield, and reports have suggested that Florida’s demands in return might not be too high.
Now that he has put off plans to retire after being named World Series MVP, veteran shortstop Edgar Renteria is looking for new employment. Recently, he told reporters at his native Colombia in Spanish: “I’d like to end my career in St. Louis or Florida [with the Marlins].”
Renteria came up with the Marlins and was a World Series hero for them with the game-winning hit in 1997. After three years in South Florida, he spent the next six seasons as a member of the Cardinals (ironically, he made the last out with them in the 2004 World Series against the Red Sox).
This past season, the 34-year-old Renteria went on the disabled list three separate times, temporarily lost his starting job and was limited to a career-low 72 games, before famously catching fire in the World Series to salvage his season in a big way.
The Giants, as expected, declined their $9.5 million option on him shortly thereafter.
Take away one appearance at first base, and Renteria has spent his entire Major League career at shortstop. But some believe he may be able to play third and/or second base, and perhaps come off the bench in the way Omar Vizquel did with the White Sox, until he became the starting third baseman. If the Marlins trade Dan Uggla, they could look in Renteria’s direction.
– Alden Gonzalez
In a move to bolster their offense and defense, the Padres reeled in a big fish on Saturday, trading for Marlins outfielder Cameron Maybin, a former top prospect and first-round Draft pick.
The Marlins, who were seeking bullpen help, received two right-handed relievers, Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica, in the trade.
“We traded two good relievers from our bullpen. But we feel like we have some bullpen depth,” Padres general manager Jed Hoyer said. “We have a number of holes we need to fill. We feel like we filled one of them.”
In parts of four seasons with the Tigers and Marlins, Maybin hit .246 with 13 home runs and 45 RBIs in 548 at-bats, roughly the equivalent of a full Major League season for an everyday player.
Maybin fits the mold of the kind of player Hoyer, in his second year as GM, and his staff covets: young, athletic and a player who can play defense, especially in a big ballpark as PETCO Park is
The Hot Stove didn’t take the day off just because it’s Saturday. Much of the day’s conversation centered around the Marlins, who are among the teams who are heating things up heading into next week’s GM meetings in Orlando. MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro learned that the Marlins may be in serious talks with the Padres regarding outfielder Cameron Maybin. The club has also discussed the former top prospect with the Royals, Frisaro noted on Twitter. Beyond the Marlins, there were plenty of whispers around the league on Saturday. Here’s a rundown:
MLB.com has learned that the Marlins may be involved in serious discussions with the Padres about a trade involving outfielder Cameron Maybin.
Baseball’s biggest spenders showed no hesitation in going after this year’s biggest name on the pitching market. According to multiple reports, the Yankees contacted Cliff Lee‘s agent practically right away once free agency officially began at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.
That the Yankees are targeting Lee, who went 12-9 with a 3.18 ERA between Seattle and Texas and went to the World Series for a second straight season, is no secret. The question is whether they’ll offer enough to woo him away from the American League Champion Rangers, or any other suitors – the Nationals, anyone?
- The Tigers have agreed to terms with shortstop Jhonny Peralta on a two-year, $11.25 million contract, MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports. The deal is expected to be announced in the next couple days, and comes with a third-year club option and buyout.
- FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reported late Sunday that Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla rejected a four-year, $48 million offer to keep his talents in South Beach. Potentially a free agent next winter, Uggla is arbitration eligible is this year. Rosenthal writes that Uggla turned down the offer in part because another free agent with similar numbers is likely to command more money: Jayson Werth.
- As MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo wrote last week was an expected move, reports confirmed Sunday that Boston bench coach DeMarlo Hale is to interview for the Mets’ manager job early this week. Hale, 49, has been with Boston for the last five years.
– Evan Drellich
The Marlins are looking for a catcher, and Miguel Olivo may soon be on the market.
On Wednesday, it was reported that the Rockies will decline their end of Olivo’s mutual option for next year. The option was worth $2.7 million after the 32-year-old earned $2.5 million this season.
The Rockies will agree to pay a $500,000 buyout, freeing Olivo to explore the free agent market.
The Marlins are exploring catcher options, and there may be a fit with Olivo. At least internally, the team has brought up the possibility of bringing Olivo back to Florida, where he was a regular behind the plate in 2006 and 2007.
For the Rockies in 2010, Olivo appeared in 112 games, and he batted .269 with 14 home runs and 58 RBIs.
In 2006 and ’07 with the Marlins, Olivo belted 16 home runs in each season.
Catching is an area of need for Florida.
Ronny Paulino, who is arbitration eligible, was suspended for 50-games for violating MLB’s substance policy, and the team is weighing whether to bring him back.
John Baker underwent Tommy John surgery and he has not been cleared to begin baseball activities. With the uncertainty about when Baker will return, catcher is a primary position the Marlins are seeking to upgrade.
Olivo will at least draw consideration from Florida.
– Joe Frisaro
With the World Series now completed, the Marlins appear to be days away from making their managerial decision.
Speculation is growing that there are two finalists — Edwin Rodriguez and Bo Porter.
Rodriguez posted a 46-46 record with the Marlins after taking over for Fredi Gonzalez in late June. For the season, Florida was 80-82 — third place in the NL East.
Porter, meanwhile, spent 2010 on the Arizona staff after he was the Marlins third base and outfield coach from 2007-09.
A week ago, Marlins president David Samson said the team expected to make a managerial announcement after the World Series.
The Marlins will look to pick up the pace on naming a manager to get their offseason rolling. Once their manager is named, the team will look to round out its coaching staff.
Pitching coach Randy St. Claire is currently the only member of the 2010 staff under contract for next year.
Shortly after the season ended, the Marlins pursued Bobby Valentine, who withdrew from consideration a couple of weeks ago.
– Joe Frisaro
More than two months after acquiring Pat Burrell, the Giants added another power-hitting right-handed bat to help bolster their corner outfield on Friday, when they picked up veteran Jose Guillen from the Royals in exchange for a player to be named later and cash considerations.
He isn’t Adam Dunn or Prince Fielder — don’t give up hope on those guys, either, though — but Carlos Delgado is still out there, without a team, and wants to play. Contending teams are reportedly interested.