Report: Marlins “looking” at free agent outfielder Jeff Francoeur

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While Marcell Ozuna‘s future with the Marlins remains in question, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that the club is “looking” at some right-handed bats, including free agent outfielder Jeff Francoeur.

After spending nearly all of 2014 in the minors, the 32-year-old Francoeur latched on with the rebuilding Phillies last season and batted .258 with 13 home runs and a .718 OPS over 343 plate appearances. That’s not great production, but he’s a popular clubhouse guy and figures to get another opportunity somewhere. Our own Craig Calcaterra is still holding out hope for a reunion with the Braves.

If the Marlins were to trade Ozuna, they’d likely move Christian Yelich to center field and utilize Derek Dietrich on the strong side of a platoon in left field. This is where someone like Francoeur could fit in.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.