Marlins interested in Vernon Wells

MIAMI — The Marlins still have some offseason shopping to do before Spring Training opens on Feb. 16.

The club is in the market for a right-handed hitter to come off the bench. A veteran on Miami’s list is outfielder Vernon Wells.

The 35-year-old was designed for assignment by the Yankees earlier this month, and he is a free agent.

Wells batted .233 with 11 homers in 2013, his lone season with the Yankees.

Miami covets a right-handed hitting outfielder to fill the role vacated when Justin Ruggiano was traded to the Cubs. In that deal, Miami obtained Brian Bogusevic, who is a left-handed hitter.

Bogusevic can play all three outfield positions, and he is expected to be the club’s fourth outfielder.

If the Marlins come to terms with Wells, he would be a right-handed option as either a pinch-hitter or spot starter.

The 2014 season will be the last in Wells’ seven-year, $126 million contract. The Yankees are on the hook for $2.4 million of Wells’ salary this season, with the Angels picking up the remaining $18.6 million.

Joe Frisaro

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