Sean Rodriguez potential fit in Miami?
MIAMI — The Marlins’ short list of potential third base candidates includes Miami native Sean Rodriguez of the Rays.
According to a league source, the Marlins have had internal discussions about Rodriguez. It’s unclear if the 28-year-old Miami’s No. 1 trade target, but he could factor into a plan to at least share time at the hot corner.
The Marlins are closing in on a two-year deal with first baseman Garrett Jones, who has played in at least 144 games in each of the past four seasons with the Pirates.
Assuming Jones eventually signs, the Marlins will likely look to trade Logan Morrison.
Tampa Bay is one of the teams reportedly to have interest in Morrison.
If the teams talk about Morrison, perhaps Rodriguez and a pitcher could get a deal done.
After a week of signing free agents Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Rafael Furcal, the Marlins promise to remain active at the Winter Meetings, which begin on Monday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Rodriguez, who attended Braddock High School in Miami, made $1 million last season and he is in his second season of arbitration.
In a utility role, Rodriguez batted .246 with a .320 on-base percentage and five homers and 23 RBIs last season.
A right-handed batter, Rodriguez could split time at the hot corner with Ed Lucas or Donovan Solano. Rodriguez also would give some insurance at shortstop for Adeiny Hechavarria, and depth at second or even first base. He also plays the outfield.
Miami may be looking for a stop gap solution at third base until Colin Moran, the sixth overall pick last year, is ready, which could be in 2015.
– Joe Frisaro