Marlins searching for fourth outfielder

With free agency coming to a close, there are still a good amount of players left on the open market. While the starting lineup for the Miami Marlins is pretty much set, they could still use help on their bench.

The Marlins are currently searching for a player that can fill their fourth outfielder role, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. Frisaro also goes on to write that, even though players like Nori Aoki, Jonny Gomes and Colby Rasmus are still not signed through the first week of January, they only have around $1 million to spend of free agents. This could lead them to go after players like Ichiro Suzuki and Nate Schierholtz.

The Marlins currently have Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna rounding out their outfield, as those are the only (main) outfielders on the 40-man roster. The only other players with outfielder experience on the roster are Michael Morse and Jeff Baker.

In 143 games played last season for the New York Yankees, Ichiro had a slash line of .284/.324/.340 with one home run, 22 runs batted in and 42 runs scored in 385 plate appearances. Even at age-40, he went on to steal 15 bases, while getting thrown out stealing only three times.

In 122 games played between the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals, Schierholtz hit .195/.243/.309 with seven home runs, 37 runs batted in and 32 runs scored in 382 plate appearances. This dismal 2014 campaign is coming off a 2013 campaign, where he hit .251/.301/.470, along with 21 home runs and 68 runs batted in with the Cubs.

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