Marlins add Yuli Gurriel, Jose Iglesias on minor league deals

Marlins add Yuli Gurriel, Jose Iglesias on minor league deals

JUPITER, Fla. — Infielders Yuli Gurriel and José Iglesias have agreed to minor league contracts with Miami Marlins.

The 38-year-old Gurriel won the World Series with the Houston Astros last year after hitting .242 with 40 doubles, eight home runs and 53 RBIs. In the postseason, Gurriel had 17 hits with a pair of home runs to help the Astros win their second title in six seasons.

Gurriel adds depth to the infield, and the Marlins may look to him to provide offense for a team that ranks in the bottom three in runs and slugging in 2022.

Born in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, Gurriel has a career .284 batting average.

It’s unclear where the Marlins might use Gurriel. Miami captures the 2022 American League batting champion Luis Arraez from Minnesota Twins to play second base and switch Jazz Chisholm Jr. from the second to the middle field.

Iglesias, 33, batted .292 last season with Colorado Rockies and had a .981 fielding percentage while making 116 starts at shortstop. Iglesias, who was born in La Habana, Cuba, has a .279 batting average. and a .982 fielding percentage in 11 major league seasons with six teams.

Both players should join the Marlins on Friday at their spring training facility. Miami opens the season March 30 at home against New York Mets.