The Miami Marlins are “so unhappy” with their current
options at third base that they’ve checked in on veteran infielder Miguel
Tejada while he’s playing in winter ball, reports Jayson Stark of ESPN. Stark
adds that the Marlins have also kicked the tires on fellow veterans Placido
Polanco and Brandon Inge.
Hearing Marlins so unhappy with 3B options, they've been checking out Miguel Tejada in winter ball. Also kicked tires on Polanco & Inge.
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 19, 2012
The Marlins traded away a pair of third base options in
Hanley Ramirez and Emilio Bonifacio in the past six months and do not like the
in-house options that remain. The free agent market for third basemen was weak,
and now that players such as Kevin Youkilis and Jeff Keppinger have been
snatched up there’s little remaining.
Tejada didn’t play at the major league level in 2012, while
Polanco and Inge saw their production continue to drop off. The market for all
three players has been extremely quiet since the offseason began.
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