With a new name, logo and stadium comes a new approach in free agency. The Miami Marlins are pulling out all the stops to land a big name and create some serious buzz going into 2012.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Marlins have made “substantial offers” to free agents Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes.
This story would be a lot juicier if we had any details on the proposed contract figures. Unfortunately we don’t. But what we do know is that the Marlins met with Pujols today and Reyes on Wednesday.
By the way, Jon Heyman of SI.com confirms Rosenthal’s report while adding that the Marlins have also made an offer to free agent left-hander Mark Buehrle. Heyman notes that there’s “nothing close” with any of them, so we probably shouldn’t expect a surprise unveiling tonight at the new Marlins’ ballpark in Little Havana.
UPDATE: At tonight’s presentation of the new logo and uniforms, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria confirmed to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that they have made offers while team president David Samson had no comment.
The Giants placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day disabled list with a right thumb sprain, per an official announcement on Friday. Pence initially sustained the injury during the club’s home opener on April 3, when he dove to intercept a line drive double from Robinson Cano and jammed his thumb. Weeks of playing through the pain hasn’t worked, so he’ll take a breather while the Giants give outfielder Mac Williamson a chance to start in left after getting called up from Triple-A Fresno.
Pence, 35, wouldn’t pin his recent struggles on his injury, but it’s clear that he’s having difficulty finding his footing this year. He slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 through 61 plate appearances in 2018, collecting just one extra-base hit and two walks during the Giants’ dismal 7-11 stretch. While it’s far too early in the season to make any final judgments, it doesn’t look like the veteran outfielder will be replicating the .275+ average, 4.0+ fWAR totals of years past (at least, not anytime soon).
Williamson, meanwhile, has gotten off to a hot start in Triple-A. Prior to his call-up this weekend, the 27-year-old batted an incredible .487/.600/1.026 with six home runs and a 1.626 OPS through his first 50 PA. A hot Triple-A bat doesn’t always survive the transition to the majors, but the Giants will use all the help they can get — especially as they take on the AL West-leading Angels this weekend.