Busy Marlins still looking for upgrade at 3B

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 13, 2013 at 5:18 pm •  Published: December 13, 2013

MIAMI (AP) — The thrifty Miami Marlins were nonetheless busy at this week's winter meetings, and they're not done trying to upgrade an offense that ranked a distant last in the majors.

"We've made tremendous strides in improving our offense and improving our ability to win more games in 2014," president of baseball operations Mike Hill said Friday.

Miami signed catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, first baseman-outfielder Garrett Jones and infielder Rafael Furcal, who were all free agents. The Marlins also acquired Brian Bogusevic from the Chicago Cubs for Justin Ruggiano in a trade of outfielders.

The signing of Jones made first baseman Logan Morrison expendable, and he was traded to Seattle for right-hander Carter Capps in a deal finalized Friday.

The Marlins remain in the market for a third baseman, and they're exploring options via trade and free agency.

"We're focused to find that piece," Hill said. "We're still in search."

Marlins third basemen this year combined for three homers and 44 RBIs, the lowest totals of any team at that position. Miami ranked last in the majors in batting, slugging, on-base percentage, runs and home runs, and the team lost 100 games.

Hill was pleased the Marlins made this week's deals without dipping into their deep reserve of young pitching talent. Instead, they added pitching because the addition of Jones allowed them to shop Morrison, who has been plagued by injuries the past two years.

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