Twins news aside, this has been a pretty slow news day. But here’s the third Marlins post I have today, so at least we know Miami is alive. Anyway:
Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have been in contact with Jose Reyes, and may have been talking to him since the moment free agents became truly free last week. Mike Francesa of WFAN said today that the Marlins have already made an offer, but then again, he says a lot of things. Nothing appears imminent.
Obviously Reyes to Miami would be a major change for everyone involved. Including Hanley Ramirez, who would suddenly be looking at a different position.
Free agent outfielder Michael Saunders has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Royals, the team announced Friday. While the move comes just two days after Saunders agreed to terms with the Pirates, he allegedly asked for his release after the club acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson in a multi-player swap with the Rays on Thursday.
After earning his first spot on an All-Star team in 2016, Saunders followed up a solid campaign with a career-worst performance in 2017. The 31-year-old split the season between the Phillies and Blue Jays’ camps, batting a combined .202/.256/.344 with six home runs and -0.7 fWAR in 234 plate appearances. Although he remained healthy throughout the year, with no sign of the lingering hamstring strain that has plagued him on and off since 2013, he wasn’t productive enough to merit a full-time role on either roster.
With Dickerson slated for a starting role in Pittsburgh, it was unlikely that Saunders would have commanded anything other than a backup role in 2018. Now, however, he’ll compete for playing time amid a slew of outfield options, including Alex Gordon, Cody Asche, Jorge Bonifacio, Tyler Collins and Paulo Orlando.