Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that free agent closer Kenley Jansen is the Marlins’ top target this offseason. Since the market for starting pitching is weak, the club is considering investing resources into the bullpen.
Jansen, 29, finished this past season with 47 saves, a 1.83 ERA, and a 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings.
The Marlins had a decent back end of the bullpen with closer A.J. Ramos saving 40 games with a 2.81 ERA while David Phelps, Kyle Barraclough, and Dustin McGowan posted sub-3.00 ERA’s in front of him. Jansen, however, would be a significant upgrade.
Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals and free agent catcher Matt Wieters have agreed on a one-year, $2 million deal. Wieters can earn an additional $1 million through incentives.
Wieters, 33, spent last season with the Cardinals as Yadier Molina‘s backup. In 67 games, the veteran hit .214/.268/.435 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI. While Wieters has left something to be desired offensively in recent years, he still plays solid defense behind the plate.
Wieters will once again serve as the backup to Molina. Catching prospect Andrew Knizner is expected to start the season at Triple-A Memphis.