The Fish have added another veteran: this time, an outfielder.

The Miami Marlins announced on Wednesday that they have reached an agreement with OF Austin Kearns to a minor-league contract with an invite to Spring Training.

 

Kearns, a 31-year-old with ten years experience in the majors, has jumped around team to team his entire career; with stints playing for the Reds, Nationals, Yankees, and Indians. He spent 2011 with the Cleveland Indians, where he would play 57 games, sporting a .200 BA in 150 at-bats, 30 hits, 18 runs, 2 home runs, and 7 RBI’s. In his career, he’s put up a .254 BA with 117 home runs, 478 RBI’s (in 1019 games).

He has only played in 177 games in the last three years (3yrs = 486 games), and has showed a somewhat significant decline not just in the past three years, but in his whole career; despite being a well-known rookie in 2002, where he finished third in the N.L. Rookie of the Year voting while he was with Cincinnati. He was designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians on August 12, 2011.

 

As noted before, Kearns will try to earn a pinch-hitting/bench spot with his invite to Spring Training in Jupiter, FL.

 

 

CUBAN DEFECTOR YOENIS CESPEDES ESTABLISHES RESIDENCY IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, DECLARED FREE-AGENT

More free agents, anyone?

 

26-year-old Cuban ‘superstar’ outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has established residency in the Dominican Republic, and was declared a free-agent on Wednesday by Major League Baseball. The Marlins are expected to make a big push for Cespedes as he welcomes in offers from clubs; including from the top teams pursuing him, the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers just completed a nine-year, $214M deal with free-agent first-baseman Prince Fielder, which likely thins their chances of getting Cespedes.

 

Cespedes is rumored to be seeking something around $32M, with four-to-six years on the board (likely to be somewhere around $6M/season). David Samson said this on his weekly radio segment on The Dan LeBatard Show on 790 The Ticket (via Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel):

“[Pursuing Cespedes, the Marlins will be] Aggressive right to the point of stupidity, but not quite there. We think he’s a perfect fit for us, but it has to be sane. [We've] expressing interest, going to visit, making it very clear to his representatives and to him and his family that we think he should not be anywhere other than Miami. As a Cuban and someone in the DR, it makes perfect sense. We have a perfect position for him to play. It would be great.”

 

Cespedes played in the Dominican Republic for winter ball this January, going 5-for-35 (.143 BA) with a home run, no walks and 10 K’s.

 

Who knows how long it will take for Cespedes to sign (it only took him almost two months more than expected to establish residency), but the money has been on Miami around the rumor mill.

 

-Derek