While the Miami Marlins were unloading all their top talent for a bunch of unproven prospects in a blockbuster trade with Toronto earlier this week, the team was quietly looking to pick up some veterans to lead the team in 2013.
And they landed one on Saturday, when they signed outfielder Juan Pierre to a one-year $1.6 million deal pending a physical, according to MLB.com.
The 35-year-old Pierre will feel right at home in Miami where he was a major part of their 2003 World Series championship team. That year he hit .305 while knocking in 41 RBIs and pilfering his way to 65 stolen bases.
He spent last season with the Phillies, hitting .307 and stealing 37 bases.
And while Pierre may lack the power the Marlins still require (17 career home runs), he is a career .297 hitter who has 2,141 hits and 591 stolen bases, providing with the Marlins with an inexpensive veteran who should provide a strong presence at the top of the lineup.