The Miami Marlins are not done with their offseason shopping. The franchise has already made a few big splashes in the short time that baseball has taken a break from the field. The Marlins are not done, however. The team is still going to try and reel in a center fielder before spring training.
The Marlins are expected to target Los Angeles Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos, who they are extremely high on. With the Angels already taking a liking to Bourjos, a trade will more than likely not get done. The Marlins have also been linked to free agent outfielder Nate McLouth, who knows the NL East relatively well since he spent some time with the Atlanta Braves.
If the New York Mets non-tender Andres Torres, the Marlins could also try to get him on the free agent market. The Mets are expected to stay away from Torres and pursue other outfield options.
However, with all of these rumors swirling around the team, the Marlins have a center fielder within their organization that the team could use. Justin Ruggiano was progressing nicely during the end of the season. Ruggiano was called up when Logan Morrison went down and was able to move around the outfield playing all spots.
Ruggiano finished the season batting .313/.374/.535 with 13 home runs and 36 RBI. He is more than capable of being the starting outfielder for the Marlins in 2013. The Marlins have to trust their internal options rather than looking for someone on the outside.
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