According to Jon Heyman, the Marlins are looking to boost their offensive depth.
Marlins are looking at a couple righthanded bats, including Jeff francoeur. Would be nice veteran add for clubhouse.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 11, 2016
While it's not surprising that Miami is looking for ways to make their lineup stronger, it's strange to see that Jeff Francoeur is one of the players they're targeting to help accomplish that goal. Since 2012, he's posted a below average wRC+, and managed an OBP of just .286 last season.
He did provide some power, as he hit 13 homers, and produced an ISO of .175 in 2015. While he's not a flashy name like Yoenis Cespedes or Justin Upton, Francoeur won't cost a significant amount of money, and he'll likely only need a one year deal.
If the Marlins do acquire an outfielder to help with their lineup depth, it's fair to wonder if that would signify the end of Marcell Ozuna's tenure with the Miami; however he has two fairly important people advocating for him to remain with the team.
"Up to 10 teams have inquired and/or have serious interest [in Ozuna]. But Marlins executives are getting pushback from new hitting coach Barry Bonds and manager Don Mattingly, feeling they can shape Ozuna into a 30/30 performer. Ozuna has not been a favorite of owner Jeffrey Loria, who feels Ozuna hasn't come to camp in shape the last two seasons. But while the Marlins could get a haul for him, they are now considering keeping him." -- Nick Cafardo
While Ozuna could fetch quite a prospect package, a controllable outfield of Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton, and Ozuna is hard to walk away from. Much has been made of the Marlins potentially dealing both Ozuna, and Jose Fernandez, but after months of speculation, it looks like both players are staying in Miami.