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Marlins add outfielder Aaron Rowand on minor league contract

Dec 12, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

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With no financial incentives at stake, free agent Aaron Rowand could simply pick and choose from the situations he liked best this winter. On Monday, he made his commitment, signing a minor league deal to battle for playing time in the Marlins outfield.

Rowand hit .233/.274/.347 with four homers in 331 at-bats before being released by the Giants last season. The five-year, $60 million deal he signed with San Francisco still has one year left on it, so the Marlins will only be on the hook for the major league minimum if he makes the team.

The 34-year-old Rowand figures to battle Emilio Bonifacio and Chris Coghlan for playing time in center field. If he earns a spot, it will probably be as a fourth outfielder. Rowand still has an above average glove in center, but considering that he hasn’t been a good hitter since 2007 or an adequate one since 2009, he’s far from a lock to make a contribution in Miami.

  1. xmatt0926x - Dec 12, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    The worst thing that happened to him was to sign with the Giants and play in that big park. He’s nowhere near the type of player that park needs. His “ok” pop in his bat played well for a decent average and power numbers in Philly but he was lost in San Fran.

    • Old Gator - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:39 AM

      And I don’t see it being much of a “battle” with Bonifacio if Emilio has even remotely the kind of year he had last season. As far as Chris Coghlan, he’s been in a weird state of limbo – exiled to the minors, his physical rehab lost in a fog of lack of interest and overall poor performance afield. Unless he has a BEEG spring, I can see him being released before the opening of the season if the Feesh can’t package him for someone.

    • ccmf69 - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:56 PM

      Lost is the operative word…the Giants could have had 3/4 of Fielder for what they are paying this waste of space to go away…

  2. skerney - Dec 12, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    How is stealing $60 million dollars from the Giants the worst thing that ever happened to Aaron Rowand?

    • xmatt0926x - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:36 AM

      I obviously meant it as purely from a baseball perspective.

      • Old Gator - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:02 AM

        Seen the dimensions for Macondo Banana Massacre Field yet? If San Francisco was too big for him, he ain’t gonna thrive down here in the sunshine.

  3. dwrek5 - Dec 12, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    Interesting, could come off the bench and allow Bonifacio to move around.

  4. jwbiii - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:40 AM

    How well padded are the outfield walls in the new Miami stadium?

    • Francisco (FC) - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:35 AM

      That depends on whether they manage to trade for Carlos Zambrano.

      • Old Gator - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:01 AM

        Owwwww. Let us have our differences without resorting to cruelty, Francisco.

  5. jwbiii - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Upcoming reality TV show: Aaron Rowand: New Orleans on $80,000 a Day.

  6. comeonnowguys - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    And just like that, 30% of White Sox fandom just went and bought Miami caps.

  7. ccmf69 - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Boy, are the Marlins going to be sorry…I watched every Giants game for the years he was here, and he is just brutal…the worst batting stance in history…even my wife would make fun of his at-bats…heck, even my cats made fun of him…this guy should be flipping burgers…I’ll tear my eyeballs out if I ever have to see him in a batters’ box again, regardless of who he plays for…

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