The Marlins have continued their pursuit of free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche.
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald they have offered LaRoche a two-year deal worth $20 million. Given that Giancarlo Stanton is now locked up on a long-term deal which is heavily back-loaded allows for such an offer.
The 35-year-old LaRoche is not believed to have had an offers beyond the Marlins so accepting their offer may be his best course of action. LaRoche made $15 million in 2014 as a member of the Nationals. He had his $15 million option for 2015 bought out for $2 million after producing a .259/.362/.455 line with 26 home runs and 92 RBI in 140 games.
In addition to trying to sign LaRoche, the Marlins are also trying to add starting pitching. Two of the names being associated with the Marlins are Justin Masterson and Jason Hammel.
Masterson began the 2014 season as the Opening Day starter for the Indians before finding his way to the Cardinals. In 2013 he was an All-Star but he struggled to a 5.88 ERA and 1.63 WHIP last season.
Hammel on the other hand has numerous teams interested in him following a strong season split between the Cubs and Athletics in which he compiled a 3.47 ERA in 176 1/3 innings. He may wait for the likes of Jon Lester and Max Scherzer to sign before he chooses his destination.