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Several reports claim Marlins could may play for free agent shortstop

Could the Miami Marlins beat out other teams for Lourdes Gurriel's services in the offseason?

Let the offseason rumors begin. ESPN.com is reporting the Marlins and several other major league teams could be interested in free-agent infielder Lourdes Gurriel.

Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball writes that Lourdes "had a nice showcase a couple weeks back and is in the process of setting up private workouts for a half-dozen or so teams."

Teams that have shown interest in the 22-year-old Cuban shortstop/second baseman, according to Heyman, are: the Miami Marlins, who will give him a "close look;" the Houston Astros, who will look at him in a private workout, and the Boston Red Sox.

The Marlins will look to shore up its roster in the offseason, which could also mean the team looks to add pitching either via free agency or in a trade.

He is the younger brother of Yulieski Gurriel who plays for the Houston Astros. The Cuban shortstop could add depth in the middle of the infield.

Miami figures to be a player in free agency this offseason after it did not make a splash before the non-waiver free agent deadline of August 1 this year. The Marlins dealt with injuries to their lineup for most of the second half of the season (Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Bour) and was decimated throughout the year by injuries to its pitching staff. A decision must also be made how the team will try to replace Jose Fernandez on the bump following his tragic death last month.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that several St. Louis Cardinals senior scouts have been looking at Gurriel, including at a recent work out in Panama City. The Cards will discuss scheduling a private workout for Gurriel, per Goold.


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