Marlins sign free agent Juan Pierre

The Miami Marlins have signed free agent outfielder Juan Pierre, reports Craig Mish of Sirius 210 XM. Juan C. Rodriguez of The Sun Sentinel later repoted the agreement is on a one-year deal worth $1.6 million.

The Marlins developed a need for an outfielder, and specifically someone to man center, this week when they dealt Emilio Bonifacio to the Toronto Blue Jays as part of their blockbuster trade. Pierre could end up batting leadoff for the Marlins, as previous candidates Bonifacio and shortstop Jose Reyes were traded.

Pierre signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies last winter, and the 35-year-old proceeded to boost his value in a big way. Over 394 at-bats last season he hit .307/.351/.371 with 10 doubles, six triples, one home run and 37 stolen bases in 44 attempts.

Over 13 years in the majors Pierre has hit .297/.346/.363. He doesn’t offer much pop and his defense isn’t what it used to be, but the veteran proved last season that he still has value on the bases and provides the ability to get on at an above average clip.

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