Miami Marlins Sign Juan Pierre

By Ryan Gaydos

The Miami Marlins ship is slowly sinking so apparently the team is trying to bring back old players to make the team look good again. Saturday, the Marlins and free agent outfielder Juan Pierre agreed to a one-year contract worth about $1.6 million.

In the 12-player swap that the Marlins completed with the Toronto Blue Jays, it left the team without Emilio Bonifacio and Jose Reyes as the lead off hitters and that is where Pierre will fit in with the ball club. Pierre spent the 2012 season with the Philadelphia Phillies. He played in 130 games, batted .307/.351/.371. Although Pierre is 35-years-old, he still managed to steal 37 bases and with a starting role in his future, the wheels will continue to turn for him.

Bonifacio only played in 64 games for the Marlins due to injury. He hit .258/.330/.316 in that span. Bonifacio stole 30 bases and was on pace to break his career-high of 40 stolen bases he set in 2011 in 152 games played.

Reyes batted .287/.347/.433 in 160 games and a league-leading 716 plate appearances. He stole 40 bases during the season but struck out 15 more times than he did in 2011.

The Marlins took two steps back when their superstars were traded earlier in the week to the Blue Jays, but Pierre gives them veteran leadership that the team lacks desperately. Pierre spent three seasons with the Marlins and even helped them win a ring in 2003. He will reunite with his old teammate and current manager Mike Redmond.

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