NL East Team Will Sign Yuli Gurriel If He Accepts Minors Deal

The Miami Marlins are reportedly still interested in free-agent first baseman Yuli Gurriel, although they have reduced their offer.

The Marlins originally offered a one-year, $3-million deal to the veteran in the winter, but they pulled it off the table when Gurriel took a week to make a decision, according to the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson.

Despite retracting their initial offer, the Marlins are still hoping to sign Gurriel to a minor-league deal and invite him to their spring training camp.

Gurriel spent the entirety of his MLB tenure with the Houston Astros, where he struggled last season, batting .242/.288/.360 with eight home runs, 53 RBIs and eight steals over 146 games played.

The Astros replaced him at first base this winter by signing free agent Jose Abreu to a three-year, $58.5-million contract.

The Marlins have also made some infield additions this offseason, including signing Jean Segura and acquiring Luis Arraez via trade.

Still, the Marlins have Garrett Cooper at first base and he helped solidify his position with a respectable season last year, earning his first All-Star berth, not to mention he's six years younger than Gurriel.

It remains to be seen whether the thirty-eight-year-old Gurriel will decide that signing a minors deal with the Marlins is his best course of action. Photo Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports