MINNESOTA, MN - APRIL 2: Denard Span #2 of Minnesota Twins slides into third base safely after a first inning triple against the St. Louis Cardinals during an exhibition game at Target Field on April 2, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Denard Span
The Miami Marlins are actively eyeing the trade market for outfielders, reports Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. Frisaro speculates that the Marlins could consider Denard Span of the Minnesota Twins, Peter Bourjos of the Los Angeles Angels, and Carlos Lee of the Houston Astros. Earlier this week, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports said Miami could target Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino.
Miami has been tied to outfielders since center fielder Emilio Bonifacio hit the disabled list during the middle of May. Frisaro reports that Bonifacio could be out until the All-Star break.
On the season, Marlins center fielders have combined to maintain an OPS of .640.
Frisaro notes it’s important for the Marlins to have speed in their outfield, particularly in center, which made Bonifacio an appealing option. For this reason he could imagine the club pursuing speedsters such as Span and Bourjos. The Twins are expected to sell this summer and the Angels face a logjam in their outfield.
If the Marlins decide to add more of a power bat to their outfield and forgo speed, Frisaro believes the club could look to the Astros Lee. The 36-year-old is in the final year of his contract, but he’s also making $18.5 million this season.