The Miami Marlins are still trying to bring Yuri Gurriel into the fold, as spring training inches closer to Opening Day.
After reported talks fell apart earlier in the off-season, Miami remains interested in Gurriel’s services. Miami supposedly offered Gurriel a guaranteed major league contract in the early portion of the off-season and would now only be willing to provide a minor-league deal.
Gurriel posted big numbers in 2021, but his 2022 season was less than ideal. Now, Gurriel will be a year older at 39 and there are questions of just how much he has left in the tank. A minor league deal would be zero risk for the Marlins, and could ultimately be the only contract offered to the veteran from any club.
If the Marlins end up coming to terms with Gurriel, he would likely see time at first base and at designated hitter. If Gurriel makes the team, it could result in Miami moving Garrett Cooper to another club. Cooper’s playing time would be diminished and he has durability questions himself.
Miami’s spring schedule will continue on Wednesday evening against Team Israel.