Marlins Sign Rafael Furcal to One Year Deal

Mandatory Credit: Vincent Pugliese-USA TODAY Sports

According to reports by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Marlins have agreed to sign Rafael Furcal to a one year deal, physical pending.  The Marlins are projecting him to be their everyday second baseman

Furcal has a career .281/.316/ .341 triple slash line and has always been a plus defensive shortstop with a cannon for an arm.  Furcal has also been a very injury prone as he’s gotten older.  He has played in more than 100 games only twice since the 2008 season and missed the entire 2013 season after having  Tommy John surgery.

Furcal, has been a consistent 2-3 WAR performer during his career and has track record of getting on base and playing good defense.

The wider implication of this deal is that the Marlins’ front office doesn’t think that Derek Dietrich is ready to be the everyday second baseman for this team.  I expect that they are hoping he can work on his plate discipline and defense in order to compliment his obvious raw power. Especially in a position where hitting for power is not expected.

This might seem similar to the Juan Pierre or Placido Polanco deals, a washed up guy the Marlins can get on the cheap. But unlike those deals, there is legitimate upside and if Furcal is healthy they may have a consistent  number 2 or number 7 hitter.

Topics: Miami Marlins, MLB, Rafael Furcal

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  • Ivan

    so Dietrich would start the season in the minors? would that be AA or AAA?

    • Chris Logel

      I expect him to start back in AA. He has a great relationship with the manager of the Jacksonville Suns and spent the majority of his time there last year. I think they will want to get some success early on and that is a good place for him to experience it. If he starts to dominate then they might move him up.

      • Ivan

        and would Solano would be a back up, 3rd base, or pinch hitter?

        • danzyl

          I expect Solano to be a “super utility” guy play 2b, 3b and maybe even pick up a corner infield spot.

          • Ivan

            im sorry to ask, but isnt 3rd already an infield corner position? did you mean corner outfield? or 1st base?

          • danzyl

            yes, i did mean to say corner outfield. i wasn’t paying enough attention.

          • Sasha

            learning another position would help him for the future but I don’t know how it would help the fish. the projected opening day outfield is Yelich Ozuna and Stanton. I think we are set there. And if god forbid one of them gets injured we can put in either Marinick, Ruggiano or Coghlan(if we resign him).

          • danzyl

            I wanna have Ruggiano on the 25 man just so we can have a legit DH with all the interleague games now

          • Ivan

            you make it seem like there are going to be MORE interleague games in 2014 but it seems to me that there will be less than there have been in the past.

        • Sasha

          My guess would be he would serve as a utility man when needed but he will mostly come of the bench. Also either one of them could play SS if Hechaverria get injured.