The Marlins and veteran shortstop Rafael Furcal agreed to a one-year deal worth $3 million plus incentives, sources have confirmed.
But Furcal isn't expected to play shortstop for the Marlins.
Furcal, 36, missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. But the Marlins are convinced of his health, apparently, and intend to put him at second base, according to sources with knowledge of the team's intentions.
Furcal has played a grand total of 36 games at second over his career, which was spent mostly with the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers.
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The surprising deal was first reported by Fox Sports.
So what does that mean? Well, it means the Marlins want to upgrade at second. Donovan Solano handled most of the duties there last year. Though Solano provided steady play, he wasn't a game-changer. Derek Dietrich was another in-house candidate to play second or third. But the Marlins aren't entirely sold on Dietrich, as well, and are continuing to search for a third baseman.