With Yunel Escobar on his way northwest to Tampa Bay, the Miami Marlins are in need of a new third baseman for 2013. To that end, the club is reportedly set to reinvest $5 million in finding a player to man the hot corner, reports Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post:
Beinfest said #marlins will reinvest escobar's $5 mil into finding a 3b. Said Escobar told marlins he was not comfortable re playing 3b— Joe Capozzi (@joecapMARLINS) December 5, 2012
The Marlins are reportedly eyeing several different options at third. A budget of $5 million is unlikely to net them the second-coming of Miguel Cabrera, but the Fish should be able to find a serviceable third baseman on a one-year deal.
It was reported yesterday that the club was interested in righty slugger Mark Reynolds, and now it is believed the list has expanded to include Jack Hannahan, Jeff Keppinger and Ian Stewart, among others, per Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.
The Marlins are not the only bidders on the third base market, with the New York Yankees also in pursuit of hot-corner help after learning that Alex Rodriguez will miss the first half of the 2013 season recovering from hip surgery.