The Miami Marlins are in the market for a center fielder this offseason and the team could target players such as free agent Nate McLouth or Los Angeles Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:
Uh, by the way, #Marlins also need a CFer. Would love to trade for #Angels' Bourjos (unlikely), or maybe sign FA like McLouth.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 29, 2012
Rosenthal notes that the Marlins "would love to trade for" Bourjos, but he considers a deal unlikely. Instead, Miami could opt for a cheaper alternative and sign free agent Nate McLouth.
The Marlins did add veteran Juan Pierre earlier this offseason, but his days of patrolling center on a regular basis are over. Rosenthal notes that Pierre and Giancarlo Stanton are penciled in as the team’s corner outfielders for 2013.
If the Marlins opt to stay in-house or aren’t able to acquire a center fielder via trade or free agency, they could turn to Justin Ruggiano. The 30-year-old hit .313/.374/.535 with 23 doubles and 13 home runs over 288 at-bats last season.