The Miami Marlins front office came out earlier in the week saying that the team is looking for a center fielder even though the franchise has internal options to go to like Justin Ruggiano who played well-enough last season to earn himself a spot in the outfield. The Marlins are continuing to look at the free agent market for an outfielder and have expressed interest in utilityman Ryan Raburn.
Last season Raburn played in just 66 games for the Detroit Tigers after previously playing over 100 games the previous three years. Raburn batted .171/.226/.254 one of his worst seasons in a Tigers’ uniform. Raburn was a non-tender candidate before the Tigers released him Nov. 20.
The Marlins do not even need to go after Raburn. The feeling should be that Ruggiano can produce enough offense to keep the Marlins satisfied in center field with Giancarlo Stanton and Juan Pierre playing the corners. Ruggiano batted .313 in 91 games for the Marlins after filling in for Logan Morrison when he went down with an injury. Ruggiano hit 13 home runs and drove in 36 RBI in the relatively short period of time.
Miami also has Gorkys Hernandez and Bryan Petersen waiting for a shot at the starting lineup as well. The team has flexible positioning for the outfield and an outside source would not make any difference in the lineup.