The Marlins and veteran shortstop Rafael Furcal have agreed to a 1-year deal, sources have confirmed. But Furcal isn't expected to play short for the Marlins. They intend to install him at second base, which leads to all sorts of other questions.
Furcal, 36, missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery. Here are his stats.
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. (The surprising deal was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of foxsports.com). He 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.
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 possibility to play second and third. But the Marlins aren't entirely sold on Dietrich, as well, and are continuing to look for a third baseman.